Today I got to hear Claire Lombardo read a passage of her book before leading our book discussion. Thank you, Library Lovers! It was a treat and a memorable experience. I did love spending time with the Sorenson family for the most part and appreciated the character development as well as the complex structure of the book. My favorite "character" was the beloved ginkgo tree that was a mainstay in so many major family moments --its leaves featured on the cover. Unfortunately, for me the language was a bit too crass at times. We just do not regularly drop the f-bomb in casual conversation and neither do our friends. Perhaps we are just not "with it," but I was turned off by this aspect of the book.