This book is wonderful. Ms. Blackman's prose are like poetry, and the complexity of the story builds and really draws you in. She paints her characters with colorful detail, and the language is so authentic you feel like you are part of the family in her story. While some may focus their attention on the two S/M scenes, this novel is really about one woman's healing, as she comes to terms with her life and history as an African American growing up in the seventies. This book will make you laugh, cry, and think.