Wow-what a sad book! I've known people who have gone thru similar experiences with disfuntional parents so I understand & feel it was very real & true to life. I agree with others who commented that the ending wasn't the best-think the author wasn't sure what to do & didn't want to leave it with Faina in the childrens home but that probably would have been a little more realistic. I don't think in real life the father would have come back but after all the sorrow Faina went thru at least the ending didn't have her being left behind by everyone who cared for her but for as realistic as the book was it would have been a better fit. I really enjoyed having the 3 main people tell the story from their POV. Will definitely look for other works from this author.