When I was in college, I saw the famous mini-series based on this series. I tried reading the first book, and for some reason, couldn't get into it. This year, suddenly, I felt an overwhelming desire to try again. I am glad I did.
Scott's second volume adds more characters, including two young women who are finding and determining their place. What is a particularly riveting section is the questioning of Huri. Some really beautiful passages. Scott also writes good women, and doesn't condemn for thier emotional chocies.