"Lies of Mercy, Lies of Grace" is a cozy stroll through 1950s Miami in the company of observant narrator, young Mercy Grace Malone, both naive when the action takes place and also thoughtful and eloquent as the adult reminiscing about her family and friends. This book was enjoyable on so many levels...it's one I could read a chapter at a time, always coming away with a complete experience to consider. It's also one that is easy to read straight through, though, since the narrative thread is consistent throughout the story and builds to a poignant and satisfying ending. Basically, it's a story I'll enjoy rereading :) The author's strengths lie in character development and voice. By the end, I felt that I truly knew the main character's family and friends, and I enjoyed being her confidante. I'd say read it if you're looking for a thoughtful and funny read that brings up complicated topics but strips them down to their essence, a la The Emperor's New Clothes.