There is something beautiful, mystical, magical here. It is a snapshot of several characters, very different, fleshed out with backstory and introspection: the long-suffering mother, the autistic child, the imprisoned father, the distant uncle, the warden and the guard, the deceased grandfather. They are arranged like exquisite colors on a palette, ready to set something in motion.
But... The plot is the plot of a short story. At the end, something is declared accomplished, changed, but we don't get a chance to see it. It is cut off, the picture never finished. I often feel that debut novels are too long, but this one is at the other end of the spectrum. All dressed up and nowhere to go. But man, just getting started was truly beautiful.
This one was only about 3.5 stars for me because it never got fully developed. But this woman can write, and I'll certainly be in line when her next book comes out.