OK, someone help me out here - why is this book so highly recommended?? I hated it!! I slogged my way through the thing because of my great faith in Barbara Kingsolver (I loved Animal, Vegetable, Miracle), only to find absolutely nothing redeeming in the book. It was distressing, depressing and almost made me wonder if I was as crazy as every member of the Price family (except the child who died!). I was so bummed. I was sure it would turn the corner at some point, but it never did.... I did enjoy the clever way the book was written from all five of the female characters' perspectives, but other than that - UGH!