This book is the sequel to a previous book I reviewed entitled Virgins. I enjoyed both books immensely. I particularly liked the historical setting of this book. This country was in the midst of so much change, with the war, civil rights, the women's movement, and the sexual revolution. The three main characters struggle with their identities as Catholics amidst this setting, and I think a lot of people who lived through this tumult can relate to the book.
I will say, the book is not for the faint of heart, and some conservative readers, especially conservative Catholics, may take a great deal of offense to some of the storylines. But I think the storylines are realistic, and paint an honest picture of the struggles people have. I was not bothered but the semi scandalous nature of the storyline. The only thing I disliked was the subplot about a posh Jewish widow cavorting with a politician. I guess I get what the intention was there, but I never found myself caring about her the way I did Peg, Constance, and Sean.