Later on, Tayo wondered if she liked it that way, going to church by herself, where she could show the people that she was a devout Christian and not immoral or pagan like the rest of the family. When it came to saving her own soul, she wanted to be careful that there were no mistakes.
Tayo is half Laguna and half white; he has no idea who his Anglo father is. His mother brought shame to the whole family, but especially to her sister, his Auntie, who is a convert to Catholicism.
The conflicts in the book are as tangled as a spider's web, internal and external, cultural and spiritual. Not an easy book to read.