Won in a First Reads giveaway.
I've said it before and I'll say it again that books focusing on many characters, usually a family, and the way they deal with life over several years will always hit the weak spot in me. I love
them. Red Hook Road wasn't as good as other books written in that way - The Lovely Bones or [b:The Year We Left Home|8979518|The Year We Left Home|Jean Thompson|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41UxwBbi9HL._SL75_.jpg|14617268], for instance - but it was still thoroughly enjoyable in a quiet way. It isn't one of the books where I will tell absolutely everyone I know that they must read it, because this isn't a book for everyone. It wasn't earth-shattering, but rather slow and simple. The final chapter, "Coda," was beautiful, and I would read the whole book over again just to get to that chapter if I had to.