Back blurb - Jo and Bethie Kaufman, born in 1950s Detroit, have a world of promise ahead. Jo's the tomboy. Bethie's the pretty good girl. But the 60s bring free love, Vietnam, Woodstock, and women's lib. Bethie goes counterculture. Jo is a proper young mother in CT with three girls. She's a witness to the changing world instead of a participant. Jennifer Weiner tells a story of two sisters who, with their different dreams and different paths, offer answers to the question: How should a woman be in the world?
Big issues - lesbianism, feminism, rape, religion (Jewish), race are all featured in this book. Mrs. Everything is not heavy handed. This is fiction, but it does make one think about the characters' choices. You do root for the sisters, and no matter, what they do end up having each other's back (No, I'm not blowing any major plot point). Oh there's moments of frustration, guilt, and disappointment.
But there's love and family. Darn good themes and read.