A completely satisfying novel. Patchett does wonders with characters, and the setting plays an important role here, too. There’s the former hotel, now a home for unwed mothers, there’s the call of the open road, there’s California and Kentucky, there’s a swimming hole and a tiny house and more open road. But the characters stick with you, even when you disagree with them or hate what they do to each other. You might wish things turned out differently – at several points along the way – but it’s still compelling.
Source: bought a copy at Powell’s.