My grandmother gave me this book as a graduation present, because she knows how much I like One Hundred Years of Solitude, and this book shares that Latin American magical realism thing in common with 100YS. There was some magical realism in this novel, but not nearly as much as 100YS. This is somewhat more of a historical fiction novel. I didn't like the sort of Greek chorus like thing of calling back to the "people", but the principal characters were great so that's a minor quibble. Overall a unique and glorious tale of a powerful female protagonist in pre-revolutionary Mexico.