This is an astonishing book—-not only because of the wrenching nature of the subject matter, but because of the singularly original way that Ms Herron uses the English language.She is as much a poet as a novelist.Treat yourself to a copy of this book and prepare to be moved, challenged, sometimes charmed and often repulsed.

An African-American family in Washington DC copes with devastating family revelations and Herron explores the effects on a small child of the relationship between her parents and other family members.The family is headed by a DC physician who struggles over a relationship with his daughter and the ensuing traumas.

Herron's writing is captivating and hypnotic.I read this book 20 years ago and it still burns vividly in my brain. Do not miss it.