Why am I only just reading a Joyce Carol Oates book NOW?! Well, this won‘t be the last book of hers that I‘ll read, that‘s for sure. A child is ostracised from her family, and it affects the rest of her life and her self esteem. How could it not? If any book character ever needed to be forcibly removed from her storyline and hugged, then this is that character. It really left me feeling such sadness for her. Highly recommended.