This is the book of a very famous Play, Dancing At Lughnasa.
For me, there is NOTHING to compare with seeing the Play in person. It is a very specific medium. So, this book is not like a book of fiction or a biography. Speaking personally, it would be hard for me to visualise the interactions, which are totally delightful, from reading this book alone.
So, when you open the book, you see the dialogue between the characters.
I believe the movie, starring Meryl Streep, which I have not seen, is different. Much would be lost from Stage to screen.
I would recommend this book to anyone about to see the Play or to anyone who has seen the Play.