This is an epic tale that swept me away completely. There are many rough parts of the story, as life for a young immigrant woman in the 1920's is a truly rough life. But, whereas many books written in this style and in this period of history are just too much for me, this story had so much heart and truth in it that I never had to stop because I was overwhelmed by the darkness. There is always hope and light in this tragic tale and it is a true page-turner. I was completely invested in the heroine, even though I didn't actually like her character that much. That is difficult to do and Amy Bloom does it with beauty and truth and grace.