The book was very different from the movie. Hoffman has a way of combining magic with emotions, her characters are very well portrayed and she handels them with love. they are different, yet the same, they're complex and unique, together creating a beautiful picture. in Hoffman's world the fact that one character is beautiful doesn't mean that the other is not, because beauty comes in all variations, and so does strengh. you help your family whenever they need you, but you make sure they learn their lessons, learn from their mistakes. everyone deserves a second chace, and love has shades. the fact that you loved once doesn't means you can't love twice, and that doesn't mean you betrayed your previous love. but most importantly, you can't run away from blood and you can't run away from who you are, from your history. you need to learn to accept yourself- completely and wholey.the drama is built slowly, and the solution is simple. Hoffman isn't trying to creat something she won't be able to handle or pump are hopes up, and that's why the story is so beautiful. because, in the end of the day, it's about the oldest thing in the world, the thing we like most- pepole and emotions.