This novel is just jam packed with all sorts of goodness. Tragic love, misguided faith and a coming of age story all a midst the background of a struggling and politically inundated Congo. The writing is superb and at times even subtle in some of it's lessons. Kingsolver's story of redemption has a real depth.I will admit that it did take me a bit to get into this book because at first I saw shades of The Mosquito Coast but eventually it became a compelling tale in it's own right. I liked how the narrative passed to all the main female characters and noted that there was nothing from the father. Not that he had little to say, he said a lot and quite vociferously but unlike the others there was never any personal growth.This is one author I hope repeats such success in all her books and I look forward to reading at least some of them.