Sometimes hard to read, the story was compelling, like the need to look as you pass an accident. The characters come alive in their muddy and complex reactions to living in a life shaped by alcoholism. Each character has their own strengths and weaknesses; their own bits to love and to bemoan. I rooted for each to find their way through the sticky maze of recovery from the impact of the patriarch’s messy relationship with alcohol. I’m grateful that it was not my family but so aware that it did reflect the reality of many people I care about deeply. And I wanted to know them better. For me, that’s how a well-written story should leave me; wishing for more. Several passages were highlighted by other readers and resonated with me as well. The author has a gift for describing feelings that are usually unnamed and undescribed.