*lyrical sentences - love them... the story is more than plot - it is the culmination of all the beautiful words that CREATE a miraculous tale
*episodic short stories reverse in time order
*incidents with unmitigated intimacy
*"There's more to the story. There always is to a true story."
*gives away the secrets that design the relationships of women - daughter, wife, sister, mother, grandmother, auntie, cousin, lover
*"It was a regular revolution: constant skirmishes. Until the time we took open aim and won, and our summers - if not our lives - became our own."
*holds it all - all of their lives - in images
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