This was a sweeping, amazing, intense, depressing, uplifting, amazing novel. It encompassed so much in time, relationships, history... There`s really not enough adjectives to effectively describe it.
The heart of the novel is the bond between sisters. There really is no affecting destiny - at least not in the troubled lives of these characters - but the sustaining factor is their unflinching love for each other. It reminds me of my trio of sorority sisters that I would do anything for.