Oh this family. This desperate, graceless, floundering, dysfunctional family. Parrish has done a magnificent job of creating a family that is as pitiful as they are lovable. No matter the ridiculous choices they make you'll find yourself pulling for them. Hoping for them. Crossing your fingers that they get out of every mess they've made.Parrish tells the story of the Dugan family in a unique series of linked short stories. I very much enjoyed the way she told this tale and I hated to say goodbye to the characters at the end. The subjects in this book are not comfortable. You can almost smell the reek of booze lifting off the pages of Our Love Could Light The World. There's lying and abuse. These people are broken. But they deserve our attention. Parrish has made sure of that. This is a finely crafted story and I look forward to more from this author.