Loved it the descriptions of Alaska, but hated the treatment of the "PTSD." This wasn't just Vietnam-vet run-of-the-mill PTSD. This man must have had problems before he ever went to Vietnam. His "PTSD" was an excuse for spousal abuse, jealousy paranoid delusions of a survivalist nature . I was also disappointed in the relationship between the mother and daughter. The mother's mothering was also poor. She failed to protect her daughter from witnessing the spousal abuse (as well as the couple's sexual relations). The mother didn't really love her husband; she was addicted to him. The "two peas in a pod" line used multiple times in the book was a way of holding her daughter close, just at a time when she should have been individuating. However, I have to say, I was in tears at the end of the book. So, VERY flawed psychology in the book, not at all up to the bar that The Nightingale had set for her, but a tearful ending.