Books that tackle many different issues can sometimes seem choppy, contrived and/or be lacking in substance. This book though, was successful in weaving the past and the present together while taking on the horrors of war, struggles with societal norms and colonialism along with grief, loneliness and fear.
The story successfully marries that past and the present together without being overly predictable. I had some incling of how some things would resolve, but there were plenty of subtle surprises.
All in all it was a great read.
P.S. Love this quote... "It's not that the past doesn't matter, it's that the future matters more and the present matters most of all."