Barbara Kingsolver loves to explore science in much detail and this exploration sinks into boredom. Kingsolver jumps into two family sagas which delight but then fall into tedious dribble. Each family encounters the deterioration of the actual home and the family unit. The language and characters resonate beautifully, but too much detail dampens the story. Kingsolver explores each family one from the past and one from the present with complete understanding of the problems plaguing each generation and how each family handles life’s dilemmas.