Magda grows up in a privileged home in Montevideo, Uruguay. The first part of the novel takes us through her childhood life taking for granted the world she lives in. As the story progresses we learn more aboiut the larger picture - the politics of the nation and Latin America in general - until finally we are absorbed by it. An interesting window into a country we know little about. The writing flows well and makes for an easy read. Would be good for a discussion group, or for a class on Latin American history.