This novel is the witty chronicle of an unusual Croatian family in the period from 1951 until 1992. For decades, the family has been under a strange curse that leads to all the male members of the family literally breaking a leg when they meet the love of their lives. The story is told in a leisurely style with description of a host of small episodes that link the family into a close unit. The characters moving in and out of the pages are very likeable. Joy of life oozes from every page. This is a book both for the casual reader and for literary connoisseurs.