Woman is central to this book. The great creative force but the great destructress. Katrina, the dead mother, Esch, and China. Vital and raw. Love is everywhere, especially the love for the departed mother, such longing, such sorrow. But the children are so bonded together, Randall and Junior, so sweet. Esch and Skeet, deeply linked. And we glimpse the father’s love at the end, his deep hurt, the destruction of his life echoed through the sweep of Katrina. Powerful, powerful stuff.