Driven from Cuba after the revolution, three generation of women - Dolores, Consuelo and Ana - settle in an old farmhouse near Miami's Little Havana. With Consuelo's gambling husband, and son Carlos, they rebuild their lives from the foundations up. But the floors are shifting beneath their feet, shaky as their pasts. In that hot strange place they do battle from room to room - with each other, with their history, with the ghosts that linger in the space between their hearts. This extraordinary debut novel is a beguiling elegy to lost childhood, to the pieces of ourselves that hide in dark corners - brought to light here in a fabulous welding of the spirit world with the material one.