This is a fabulous read. None of the previous reviewers have commented on the extreme abuse that Stella, her mother and her younger sister are subjected to by their father. This story really shows the unfairness of a strict patriarchal society. Stella is so strong though and totally inspiring. I read this book faster than I wanted to as I felt like savouring it, but just couldn't stop once I got involved in her story. I loved this book and highly recommend it. I look forward to future work by Juliet Grames!