This was a book was translated from Spanish to english. It is about a family of cursed women who are destined to only birth girls and suffer terribly from love. That is until a miracle happens and a boy is born. This is a magic realism novel with incredible language and imagination. It takes four generations before the curse is broken in this little medieval village in the mountains. This is not a novel for a hard core realist. It is unlike anything that I have read. The translator was from Ottawa!