"All the ups and downs and frustrations and anger and compassion and lesson and fire and so on, that this book put me through! I am aching to talk about it with many, with one, with Oprah."

 "At first, I was outraged that Oprah would recommend a dark novel with no characters to truly like. Then, I realized that was the point — heroes and villains are simply people who make different choices from what we might make."

 "The book took me into the lives of people that, God, could I relate to and see and know in my everyday life. I could see my parents' friends and relatives."

"I think this book is about much more than a house, it's about these destructive life roads we go down and how we navigate them."