I loved this book. Tinti magically draws the reader into this beautiful, complicated and somewhat gritty coming-of-age story. The plot focuses on father, Sam, and his daughter, Loo, who are both haunted by the loss of Lily, their wife and mother, as well as Sam’s seedy past. The author alternatively tells tales from Sam’s previous life and winds them together with the present. In the end we experience the real love of parent and child, the incredible lengths one will go to protect those they love, and the struggles of crossing over into adulthood.