I think this is a very strong novel, it had touched me. But some people are misunderstanding what it's about. The timeline of the novel was through 50's to 70's. Beatrice wasn't relating to the present, she was relating it from the past. All incidents may not have occured to just one person, but to different people, and maybe she wanted to put it all in one story to get it out for the people that had happened to. You need experience to know and feel the story. Not only first nation, but to people who have experinced racism or predjudice. To the people who were picked on beacuse the way they looked like, where their background came from,the way they sound differently, dressed differently.....and so on. There are people who haven't seen everything yet in their lives, then that's when they make assumptions on the way they will treat the different person they see in their eyes poorly.