I remember reading this when it first came out in the late 90's and I remember loving it! When I re-read it, I did not remember one single thing from my previous read. And, I don't remember why I loved it so much. I have never experienced the loss that this family did, but I found each one of the characters more frustrating than the last; and I was unable to relate with any of them. I think that JM tried to get us to identify with Beth and appreciate her honesty in her feelings, but it just didn't happen for me.