This is the first multi-generational novel I read that was set in Puerto Rico. The author condensed a lot into her characters and at times I felt it was rushed in order to cover a lot of ground and at times I thought she relied on the familiarities of broad history to create the personalities of her characters. But overall, I enjoyed being swept across time and the magic of their lives and gifts. It is a coming of age story for each of the 5 generations of women. It starts somewhere in West Africa with a village raid in 1800’s and sweeps across to Puerto Rico to New York and back to Puerto Rico and coming full circle to West Africa. It is a story of the responsibilities of the gifts we inherit and the victories and consequences of using them. I recommended it to my 21 year old daughter to read during Kwanzaa. She, however, selected a book by Walter Mosely.
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(Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin’s Press, New York, 2009)
I started reading this a few months ago and was enjoying the story but family matters with my parents and children overshadowed everything. I started re-reading a few days ago and hope to return to posting as I go along rather than when I complete the book.
The opening sentence: A gray braid falling over each shoulder, Tia Josefa stuck her head out of the window of Las Agujas, the embroiderers’ cabin located just behind the main plantation house.
Visually, I loved the gray braids over each shoulder, and the fact that there is an embroiderers’ cabin appealed to my love of just about all things involving cloth and stitch. I’m looking forward to seeing how the novel unfolds.