The change of narrator takes us progressively further and further back into this family's history. It is only once we see the world from each successively earlier generation's point of view that we begin to more fully understand the complexity of Sol's family background and the truth of their history during WWII.
Huston's anachronistic narrative is structured like a true mystery; the further back she takes us in time, the more we uncover, piece by piece, until finally the parts fit together to reveal the whole story. Additionally, we are introduced to the adult embodiment of each character before their childhood selves, making for an unusual but extremely effective style of character development. The unconventional narrative time line is not only refreshing but extremely well-done and leaves little doubt as to why this is such a winning novel.