It was an interesting choice, tying such a huge historical movement to just three individual stories. There were some real advantages—hearing about the specifics of each person's leaving day, for instance, really brought home what a difficult endeavor it was, and why. But I did wish for a little more breadth, even if it had come at the expense of some depth. That turned out to be a fairly minor issue, though, because Wilkerson did a great job extrapolating/expanding from these individuals' stories in order to illuminate the larger narrative. Nor was she unwilling to touch on the stories of other individuals, on occasion, if it was necessary to shine a little light on some particular, specific issue. Wilkerson's goal (starting from an underinvestigated sociological phenomenon, and trying to turn it into an accessible story) was a valuable one, and she succeeded in it.