Portuguese-born Ana, who’s in her early 30s, has been living for more than a decade in Dublin, where she teaches film studies. However, when the novel begins she’s back in the Lisbon of her upbringing and with a mission to pursue — to locate her real mother in Angola, where her father Jose and his wife Helena had begun their married life.
The quest takes Ana to Luanda, the capital of that troubled country, where she meets up with her elder brother Tiago, who’s based there, and with a number of people who may know the identity and even the whereabouts of Solange, her birth mother. Eventually, and without any problematic obstacles along the way, she finds her and the two meet to discuss their respective pasts. More…….