“One comes away from the novel admiring Ms. Toppel’s nuanced rendering of charged emotional atmospheres…”
– New York Times Book Review
“The Puerto Rican setting is hauntingly evoked and the voices of the three young characters are interwoven with symphonic skill that the reader will not soon forget."
– Dr. Robert Towers
“This exquisite, eloquent novel gains its peculiar power from an accumulation of small moments cannily observed, deeply felt and resonant with authenticity.”
– Philip Lopate
“Toppel has written an intricate family story, enchanting, troubling, at times, dreamlike. She writes ... of a Puerto Rico we do not know – privileged yet striving – a world of myths, public and private, perceived in childhood, some which must be
cherished, some destroyed."
– Maureen Howard
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