Naylor's choice of point of view subtly reinforces cultural differences and the constant influence of the past, the importance of tradition, the possibility of magic, and the presence of the inexplicable. The point of view alternates between first-person sections in George's and Cocoa's voices and third-person sections that follow Miranda's activities during the same time period. In Cocoa's and George's sections, they take turns addressing each other, reminiscing about their meeting and relationship. These sections contain hints of Cocoa's emotionalism and her tendency to jump to...
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