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.
Category Archives: Story Telling
Women Who Run With Wolves is a long standing re-read and has been since its publication. Last year I purchased one of her audio stories on relaxing prior to falling asleep. Estes has a soothing quality to her voice that allows me complete immersion into her stories. A few months ago I checked out from the library http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0345388356/1n9867a-20 (not sure why the link function is not working). I realized that once again I had fallen into the pattern of spending on fiber/art supplies/books as a way of compensating for the frustration and anger over not moving last year and Estes’ The Gift of Story: A Wise Tale About What Is Enough was what I needed for ushering in a more positive mind set. I really do have more than what I need to for art making…I just need to cultivate the discipline and routine that has been missing since the winter. I’ve actually been using my materials versus hoarding them or “saving” them for that perfect space to work in. The Gift of Story is one that I really do want to invest in when the time is right but for now the story was told and incorporated into my daily functioning and that is truly the best thing.