I was however a little confused by the author keep slipping between the first and third person (or maybe I just didn't 'get' it) but this didn't in anyway detract from the essence of the story.
Basically it is a series of short chapters made up of anecdotes each chronicling key points in this family's life. But it is also so much more than that. Through the grandfather's eyes we are able to see the importance of family and extended family. It was also interesting to take a peep at different countries customs as the family comes from Panama. All in all an excellent book and well worth a read.