This was the second Bechdel book I purchased and it hooked me for life. Her earlier works were bits and commentaries on life, but this one takes a group of characters and builds a web of stories and community. Each character is unique and interesting as a character, something you just don't often see in comics.
For example, although Watterson's "Calvin and Hobbes" series has some wonderful characters in it, they never change. He took a moment in a child's life, froze it, and riffed on that. Bechdel starts at a time in her characters' lifes, shows a lot of personality within one or two panels, and moves them forward through time. Their characters have an arc and they do change.
These strips are all from a series published as she went along. So, it's all rather Dickensian, isn't it? I wonder sometimes how she decides how things will go. Given that they are published in real time, she has an opportinity to map the character's lives to those of her community and to current events.
I view this as the only "soap opera" worth following.
For those unfamiliar with her work, be advised that the subject matter (certainly in the supplemental bit added to the end of the book) is on the mature side.