Happy people have no history, it is well known. But happy families? Throughout these sixteen stories that probe the different strata of Mexican society, the exploration of family relationships in their best-kept intimacy shatters preconceived ideas and principles. The relationships maintained by the happy families in this collection are made up of love, hatred, forgiveness, revenge, tenderness and candor. Carlos Fuentes creates characters whose impulses, pettiness and vices challenge us as much as they fascinate us. With this book, the great Mexican novelist offers us a real "Human Comedy".