This is a book that will own you before you are half way through reading it. You will give up any chores that need doing, you will ignore phone calls, emails, your children, your friends--just to get to the end of this book. Do not, however, try to read ahead. This is not a new book-it was published in 2001--so I wonder why I hadn't read it before. The author's style is at once poetic and practical. It makes us all wish we could write like Leif Enger.