I've just finished reading Black & White by Dani Shapiro. It was an interesting read that I didn't to put down, simply because I had to find out how it ended. The emotions I experienced while reading it? Curiosity, frustration, disdain ... just to name a few. I did not (as others have said in their reviews) think it resembled a Jodi Picoult novel by any stretch of the imagination. Yes, there were "issues" being discovered and talked about and avoided in Shapiro's book, but they weren't covered in the amount of depth I had expected after reading "Still Writing".
In my opinion, the biggest "issue" that was easily glossed over was the abuse. Somehow that seemed to be brushed under the rug of the question: did artist abandon her family in order to gain her fame? Only a fraction of the pages gave even an inkling of attention to the glaring fact that the girl was being abused; the sister neglected.
And the ending? I'll be honest; I don't care for many of the endings of the books I read. This one wasn't much different.
Overall, I'd give the book 3 1/2 stars because Dani Shapiro can paint a picture with words, her writing elicited emotion in me as I went from one page to the next, and because I liked how she allows readers to really delve into the mind of Clara as she processed her thoughts and emotions about her childhood, her mother, and her attempts at protecting her own daughter from it all.