Jee-sus...what an incredible book. The characters alone, leading lives like you wouldn't believe. They all broke my heart several times over. A romance this is not, and yet it's a tale of love and dreams. They're making the best of what they got--little as it is--they wish for the unreachable, they meet reality and fail, but they never resign, never surrender. A book that made me think while reading it and will stay with me long after I've finished.