Disappointed after reading reviews--boo to NPR. Parallel stories 150 years apart, in the same place, same families, similar white/black relations. Hardly a new narrative device, necessary to avoid climax/denouement of one story way ahead of the other, if you're going chronologically. No matter, the main problem is the modern story, which took up ? 2/3 of the book (felt like a lot more). It was boring and predictable, none of the characters were well developed or particularly interesting, although one had to feel for the modern (well 60's or whenever it was) black man's dilemma. The earlier story, an imagined survival of Aaron Burr's daughter, was much more interesting and appealing, but her story was too brief, and too much was left untold/unresolved.