This novel was nominated for the National Book Award for Fiction in 2016. The Los Angeles Times said that the book "joins the tradition of studying female friendships and the families we create when our own isn’t enough, like that of Toni Morrison’s 'Sula,' Tayari Jones’ 'Silver Sparrow' and 'Zami: A New Spelling of My Name' by Audre Lorde. Woodson uses her expertise at portraying the lives of children to explore the power of memory, death and friendship."

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