This is far from a quick read, and even further from a light one. The accents are something to reckon with, and Smith's willingness to jump from character to character does, at times, impede the natural flow of reading. This is not a book you fall into, simply put.
Yet the work is worth it, as the ending insists on intersectionality of its various plots--including a reveal that is one of the most satisfying I've come across (and unexpected). And within it all, the themes are sublime even while subtle, and Smith evinces the prowess that has long since earned her deserved recognition.
It took me far too long to encounter this novel, but I'm nonetheless grateful I did.