Plot: This novel does not rely on traditional plot structure and does not provide a single climax. Instead, it executes compelling storytelling by opening a window into a fictional family's life during a real historical era. It is evident that the author has amply researched this very era as oft-overlooked, ambient details echo throughout the writing.
Prose/Style: The novel exemplifies great use of creative writing, including eye dialect, which is immersive and elevates both the presentation of the narrative and its characters. It doesn't feel forced and is convincing in its application. However, its use is noticeably inconsistent with the same characters using proper and colloquial spelling interchangeably, without much reason provided.
Originality: The book may remind readers of mildly similar famous works of fiction; however, the final execution, the divergent narrative, and the mood help the story stand out in its own right as a timeless read.
Character Development: The characters here are distinctive with well-written and clearly defined voices and personalities. They are complex, progressive, and emotive, with strengths and flaws that are convincing. Overall, the work delivers an excellent execution of individual personalities and motivations.
Date Submitted: May 11, 2020