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Library JournalThe Puerto Rican-born Ferré is a prolific writer in Spanish of poetry, criticism, children's books, and fiction (e.g. Sweet Diamond Dust, Ballantine, 1989), but this is her first novel to be written originally in English. A superb storyteller, she here interweaves the passions and struggles of two families—of Isabel and of her husband, Quintín—and several decades of Puerto Rican history, with conflicts of race, class, and changing relations with Spain and the United States. This is a novel within a novel: the character Isabel is writing a novel chronicling the two families, descendants of Spanish, Corsican, and New England ancestors. Quintín discovers her manuscript and, beginning with marginal notes and comments, ultimately writes his own interpretation of the events. Thus, at another level, this is a novel attempting to answer the question: What is a novel? A fascinating work; recommended for literary collections.
—Mary Margaret Benson, Linfield Coll. Lib., McMinnville, Ore.