This is not the easiest book to conquer, the heart of the story could have been told in a much shorter book but would it be as good? Definitely not. It is important you dig deep into these characters, that you feel their joy, pain and hopes and dreams. That you care. This book plays out just like the jazz records that fill the used record store that the story revolves around. The descriptions and dialogue seem to form a musical background that make the story almost dance and sing I might get roasted for saying this but The authors descriptions and dialogue remind me of Charles Dickens.