Acevedo’s first adult novel is a homage to the in-between, occupying the spaces between dreams and reality, life and death, and the Dominican Republic and the United States. Told from the perspectives of the Marte women, four sisters, and their two daughters, the whole family contemplates the stories and women who shaped them, as they prepare for their eldest sister to tell them someone is about to die. Written in the tradition of Sandra Cisneros and other Latina authors, Acevedo weaves a story that embraces you with the strength of Yadi’s limes, refusing to let go long after the last page is turned.
Family Lore by Elizabeth Acevedo, (List Price: $30, Ecco, 9780063207264, September 2023)
Reviewed by Sydney Mason, Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews in Chapel Hill, North Carolina