Given that I was born only a few years before the setting of this novel, I could have written it describing the ubiquitous houses, manicured lawns, and stay-at-home Moms who were a lot like Beaver Cleaver's Mom (sans the pearls). This could be described as a "coming of age book" because of the age of the characters and what they go through on their way to adulthood.
I enjoyed the book for a lot of reasons, but mostly because of the nostalgia I felt in reading it. Readers who enjoy evolving characters will enjoy this read as well as those who grew up in this period (late fifties-early sixties). But it's not limited to those people. Those who want a look at that window of time would do well to read the book. Divorce was taboo, or at least not discussed in polite company. It the novel, it's referred to as "the d word" (to show how the word is not even voiced. That was how it was back then.
There's mystery here, too, and a bit of magic, but I won't spoil it for you, the reader. Enjoy this well written, though slightly eccentric (in a fun way) book.