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Library JournalIn his second collection of stories, Vega details the consuming struggles and sorrows of Puerto Ricans in New York, where reasons for anger and despair accumulate like garbage in the back lots of tenements. A troubled mother, desperate to feed her large family, disguises dog food behind the labels from cans of fish. An unbalanced husband makes a grisly sacrifice in the spirit of revenge. Haunted by memory, cousins and sons cope with internal demons, external hardships, and what one character calls "the stigma of being an immigrant's child.'' Vega's narrators are rarely sentimental, but their stories betray a deep concern and love for people living precariously between two worlds. A fine, provocative addition for Latino and large general fiction collections.
—Janet Ingraham, Worthington P.L., Ohio