This is a short story, very short. Very abstract. Love Madeline Miller, but this book was odd and not worth the price. It isn't a novella. It is a short story. Even at free, I'm not sure I'd recommend it to others. It wasn't bad, but... it wasn't good. Perhaps it was the sketch of perhaps a longer novel that could have had some more behind it, but as short as it was I never got to care about the characters or "get into it." Pass, unless it's free. Then it's an interesting short ditty to read.