To me McGill's is descriptive writing at it finest. With some authors, you see the descriptive writing. It jumps out at you. It is distracting. I'm usually thinking about the fact that the the author is working at being descriptive rather than focusing on the story. In this book, however, you see the story. It unfolds tugging your emotions in countless directions. Just when you think you know a character, McGill gives you more information forcing you to rethink your previous conclusions.
The only negative for me was that the modern day story (well, if you can call 1968 modern;-}) is hardly developed. The book is comparatively short. There was certainly room for showing how these past events affect later generations. The main story line, though, is well worth the read.
It's a great choice for a book club because McGill does not force answers on the reader. She presents the information. We decide--and it's not as easy as it sounds. It's the kind of story you think about long after finishing the book. I don't often push for books in my book club, but this is one I'd love to delve into with others. You can click on the book cover below to see what Amazon reviewers have to say. If you do read it, let me know what you think.