This is the story of three sisters and their divorced mother. After a horrible crime, the eldest of the sisters creates a fantasy world of escape. What makes this different, is that she brings her sisters along with her. Their mother, who is in the midst of a divorce, doesn't seem to notice what is going on with her children and so the crime is never uncovered. The rest of the book is written like a fairy tale with all sorts of horrors visited upon the sisters. If it wasn't for the 'lyrical' nature of the story telling, this book would be to dark to read. It was interesting but a tragedy without much of a happy ending. It probably should have been an Oprah book, which is no compliment in my mind. I did like this book, but it was dark and heavy and depressing.