I've been skimming down the reviews for this book and although I agree it is depressing, I found the book wonderful. Mary Beth Hurt and David Strathairn did fantastic jobs but I specially loved Mary Beth Hurt's narration. The ending I found wonderful because it's so real, you either forgive or you don't. Alice chose forgiveness. I'm going to track down more of Mary Beth Hurt's audiobooks, she was that good.