Dicey’s Song isn’t a tough read in terms of language or structure. It’s a straightforward narrative; there’s no jumping around in time or stream-of-consciousness writing. What may make it slightly challenging is its slow pace. The focus here is on human relationships and emotions, so don’t expect nonstop action. You may also wish you’d read Homecoming first to learn more about the Tillerman children’s journey and relationship with their mother, but that's not a deal breaker.