For those who have read Alice Hoffman before, you'll know what to expect, although this book is more traditionally structured than many in that it actually has chapters. For those who haven't read her before, this is a good book to introduce yourself to her way of writing. This book doesn't exactly have a plot; it follows a group of neighbours through the cycle of years, charting the changes in their relationships and their characters, delicately exploring their lives. Hoffman pays the same attention to Daniel, the little boy, as she does to the Giant who lives a few miles away in a sheltered farmhouse. She never judges anyone, revealing their motivations and emotions in such a way that you end up loving them all. Hoffman's style is very distinctive, people either love it or hate it; if you fall in love, there are plenty of other Hoffman books for you to enjoy.