One of the MOST painful and amazing stories I've ever read.I listened to this on audio and the readers were perfect!At the end of the book, there was an authors note about how the story came to her. And every time she tried to change it, her writing stopped. Pretty cool.My only complaint is I selfishly needed some relief. It was so emotionally trying. I'll wager the slaves in the antebellum south would have liked some relief too.