This book is like good braised meat. It cooks really slowly but in the end you have a tender and delicious masterpiece. I took my time with this novel, not just because it was rather long (over 600 pages) but also because I had to let each section sink in before moving on. Told in 4 parts, this novel is the story of Marion Praise Stone’s journey as a brother, son, lover, and doctor. As the story grew, elements of surprise and magic kept me hooked, and the ending brought it all together for a sweet finish.