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Maya's Notebook by Isabel Allende

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Maya comes from a mixed background of Chilean, Black American and Danish blood. She is brought up in San Francisco by her grandparents. In her early teens her beloved grandfather dies and she goes off the rails and sinks into drug and alcohol addiction. Her grandmother rescues her and sends her to an island off the southern coast of South America. Here she heals and finds purpose to her life. This is Allende in familiar territory with a lovely tale, a beautiful story of a lost child becoming a mature young woman; a very fine book indeed.

If you like Isabel Allende you might also like to read books by Paulo Coelho, Lawrence Hill and C S Lewis.


Maya's Notebook by Isabel Allende

The author of 'The House of the Spirits' returns with a gritty yet transcendent tale of teenage addiction. Abandoned by her parents as a baby, Maya has been brought up by her tough grandmother Nini and her gentle grandfather Popo. But at school, the teenage Maya finds herself drawn towards the wrong crowd. Before she knows what's happened, Maya's life has turned into one of drug addiction and crime. Things go from bad to worse as Maya disappears into the criminal underworld. To save her from her old associates, Nini sends Maya to a remote island off the coast of Chile. Safe amongst her new neighbours, Maya feels compelled to write her story and slowly she begins to heal. But can she learn to live with her scars, and will her past ever catch up with her?


'Another impressive feat with a dazzling cast and bold array of landscapes, woven together with the storytelling prowess that is Allende's trademark.'
Daily Telegraph, 4 stars

'Isabel Allende is a mistress storyteller... [her] capacity to surprise keeps her readers page-turning, as do her descriptions of character and place'

'Maya is the lightest of narrative guises: wise beyond her 19 years but convincingly coltish.'

'An exciting read, well paced.'
Daily Express

About the Author

Isabel Allende

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.

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20th January 2014


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Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


400 pages


Literary Fiction
NewGen - YA Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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