I thoroughly enjoyed it and fortunately I was traveling so basically got to read it straight through on the planes, which is a rare treat. In response to the questions about Jubie's and Stell's responses to their father's adultery, I agree with sarahd that this aspect feels totally believable. A child in this situation is not truly going to understand all of the issues, implications and ramifications of the the adultery of her father. Of course she feels that something "bad" is going on and can see other people's reactions, but with such a dysfunctional family constellation there is truly no safe adult for her to ask questions with which to understand or explore her own feelings. I expect that if she had asked any questions or tried to express her confusion and her hurt, she would have received the response that she was "too young to understand." So she, as any child in this type situation, just has to bottle up or repress her reactions.