This is a sad saga but despite that, I really enjoyed it. It made me think of my parents and grandparents. I enjoyed the fact the much of the story took place in Ottawa, where I now live!
I found the family tree unusual but very useful in figuring out all the characters in the novel.
I recently saw a paper version of this novel on display of the Governor General's Award for Literature winners in the lobby of the Canadian Art Bank Building at 150 Elgin Street. This exhibition is well worth a visit!