I liked this book. A lot. As in, when I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about reading it, which to me is the sign of a good book.
The southern setting--North Carolina, to be exact--is rendered lushly if a bit idyllically, and the story was well crafted. The magical realism--not usually my thing--was done masterfully.
I'll be revisiting this one at some point.
ETA: Yep, reread it. Possibly loved it more the second time.