A big long family-saga type book. The narrator's mother has ambitions to become mayor of her agrarian village and to leave a successful farm to her daughter. However, her daughter insists on spending all of her free time studying online, with dreams of becoming part of the ambitious project to settle Venus. She is rebellious and bitter about her mother's failure to understand her dreams - but when she succeeds, after great effort, she in turn doesn't understand her son, who feels that the Venus Project is all a big PR scam set up by the Earth government, who doesn't understand that cooperating with the more technologically advanced people who live in artificial space habitats would be the more sensible way to go.
Well done, interesting book, but it didn't grab me enough to make me go seek out the sequels.