By Publishers Weekly
First-time author Bates debuts with a story, inspired by her own family history, about relationships that stretch across many years and great distances. . . . The close-knit nature of Cora’s family shines through in Bates’s prose, which is peppered with references to Cape Verdean cuisine and traditions. . . . the beach setting is vibrant and lush, and the strength of Cora and her grandmother’s relationship emanates from nearly every page.