This is an interesting book, in that it can be read on many levels and it is this that makes this sort of book so valuable to reading groups. This reads as a simple coming of age story, an easy read, not challenging but when you scratch the service, that is when the discussion can begin. Questions on the nature of grief. On the realism of the situations in the book? Is it believable in that political climate that Lily would have been allowed to live with the 3 sisters? Do we have a rosy glow of our childhood and block out unpleasantness. The human rights movement culminating in Barack Obama are just a few.
It is unfortunate that I had read To Kill a MockingBird recently,and this book is not in that league, but if you want a book that will keep the discussion in a book group going try this next.