One extraordinary woman.
One hundred years of history.
One unforgettable story.
Violeta comes into the world on a stormy day in 1920, the first daughter in a family of five boisterous sons. From the start, her life is marked by extraordinary events, for the ripples of the Great War are still being felt, even as the Spanish flu arrives on the shores of her South American homeland almost at the moment of her birth.
Through her father's prescience, the family will come through that crisis unscathed, only to face a new one as the Great Depression transforms the genteel city life she has known. Her family loses all and is forced to retreat to a wild and beautiful but remote part of the country. There, she will come of age, and her first suitor will come calling.
In a letter to someone she loves above all others, Violeta recounts devastating heartbreak and passionate affairs, times of both poverty and wealth, terrible loss and immense joy, and a life shaped by some of the most important events of history: the fight for women's rights, the rise and fall of tyrants and, ultimately, not one but two pandemics. Through the eyes of a woman whose unforgettable passion, determination, and sense of humour will carry her through a lifetime of upheaval, Isabel Allende once more brings us an epic that is both fiercely inspiring and deeply emotional.
|Publication date:||25th January 2022|
|Publisher:||Bloomsbury Publishing PLC|
|Primary Genre||Historical Fiction|
Closing date: 07/08/2022
An icon of world literature -- Khaled Hosseini Allende has everything it takes: the ear, the eye, the mind, the heart, the all-encompassing humanity - New York Times
Allende knows that all stories are love stories, and the greatest love stories are told by time -- Colum McCann If Allende's life depended on her narrative gifts, she'd not only survive, but reign - Los Angeles Times
Allende's stories are delicate, their images akin to poetry -- Barbara Kingsolver -
Isabel Allende was born in Chile, and now lives in California. She worked for many years as a journalist before writing the internationally bestselling novel The House of the Spirits. Since then she has published the equally highly-acclaimed Of Love and Shadows, Eva Luna, The Stories of Eva Luna, ‘The Infinite Plan and ‘Paula.More About Isabel Allende