What surprised me about this debut novel was how subtly the author was able to convey such large themes. Telling the story of a contemporary fundamentalist Christian family at the crossroads. Caught between the cultural fissures of their strict church and that of ordinary America, the family in this novel in many ways feels just like that of any other family, the sibling rivalries, the loving chaos that ensues with so many children, the overwhelming love and also stifling atmosphere that occurs with attentive parenting. But the novel also calls to issues around faith—how it can bind a family together but also divide it. This is a stunning novel that is powerfully empathetic, illuminating the dilemma between faith and love and the conflict that can arise if asked to choose between the two.