Anna Sinclair is a senior editor for an imprint at a prominent New York publishing company. Although she had left the Caribbean island where she grew up to attend college and then settle in the United States, she routinely returns to visit her parents. During one lengthy stay her mother, Beatrice, reveals that she has a large tumor in her breast. While Beatrice begins treatments for cancer, Anna and her father attempt to persuade her to have surgery in the United States, but she flatly refuses. During her weeks at her parents' home, Anna finds herself increasingly conflicted by both her parents' culture and her adopted one. She does not identify with her parents' upper-class status on the island, but she does not feel American either. Further, she is mystified by her parents' complete dedication to each other while her own marriage ended in divorce. VERDICT Nunez, an award-winning author of seven novels (e.g., Prospero's Daughter), has created a moving and insightful character study while delving into the complexities of identity politics. Highly recommended for fiction collections.-Cristella Bond, Anderson P.L., IN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc.