It was a love-hate relationship at first.
I had a hard time warming up to the format of the book. I started it on our 10 hour drive to Virginia for Thanksgiving, and I didn't bring a second choice, so I kept at it.
Set in Mexico and the U.S. in the 1930s, 40s and 50s I love the way it weaves in real people, real events and real places. Symbolism, historical events, culture, food, foreign policy, the human element and the machine that is the United States Government as it has evolved over the past 80 years.
It's been a long time since I've read any Barbara Kingsolver. The Bean Trees and The Poisonwood Bible were a couple of her books that I REALLY liked. Now I'll add this to the Barbara Kingsolver power list. FIVE stars. I got lucky and scored a large-print edition when I requested it from the library. Glasses were optional.