Too many characters to follow. I get the gist - a major event near the beginnings of the town, and the later effects - but it is told in the first person by far too many people. Concentrating on a few key people would be better, or even just telling the story from the perspective of the town. Also, the writing is long, very long - a lot to slog through, which makes following multiple character that much tougher. Did not finish.