I first started this book several years ago and couldn't get interested in this pregnant woman's problems. However, this time I was glad I perservered, as that is really barely the topic of the book at all. This book explores the emotions, secrets, and memories of a group of related women whose ages span nearly 70 years. The style, which is often memories described in an almost stream of consciousness style that moves freely through time, depicts what happens to thoughts in people who are simply re-exploring their past, are victims of Alzheimers or of physical illnesses. I enjoyed the mood created by their thoughts and memories and the way the author gradually revealed more and more bits of difficult events in these women's pasts. In summary I rank this a good book, but not quite memorable enough to deserve 5 stars.