This is not what I expected. It is this author's debut book and I imagine she is going to be a name we will see more. It is really the story of a family. The family dynamics and how choices we make affect each other. Add to the fact that it took place in the 70's and they were a mixed racial family and it adds the element of how we treat people that are different than us. It is not a light read. It's one that makes you think and can be a bit depressing. If you are an avid reader, I think it's a good book and you should definitely read it. If you read just in your spare time and only enjoy the light stuff, then this isn't for you.
Summary from goodreads.com:
Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet . . . So begins this debut novel about a mixed-race family living in 1970s Ohio and the tragedy that will either be their undoing or their salvation. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother’s bright blue eyes and her father’s jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue—in Marilyn’s case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James’s case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the center of every party.
When Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos, forcing them to confront the long-kept secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart.