I was excited to read this as I loved The Red Tent. Also, the book takes place in cape Ann in the 1800's. It was okay but the writing was not notable. Personally, i don't really enjoy books that span a person's entire life. I like to be able to imagine what happens after the story ends. Here, Diamant takes us through the last days of Dogtown, a small poor community in cape Ann. She then goes on to tell where each of the characters ends up and how and when they died. I didn't really like any of the characters' individual stories.