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From the New York Times bestselling author of The House of the Spirits, this epic novel spanning decades and crossing continents follows two young people as they flee the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War in search of a place to call home. “One of the most richly imagined portrayals of the Spanish Civil War to date, and one of the strongest and most affecting works in [Isabel Allende’s] long career.”—The New York Times Book Review In the late 1930s, civil war grips Spain. When General Franco and his Fascists succeed in overthrowing the government, hundreds of thousands are forced to flee in a treacherous journey over the mountains to the French border. Among them is Roser, a pregnant young widow, who finds her life intertwined with that of Victor Dalmau, an army doctor and the brother of her deceased love. In order to survive, the two must unite in a marriage neither of them desires. Together with two thousand other refugees, they embark on the SS Winnipeg, a ship chartered by the poet Pablo Neruda, to Chile: “the long petal of sea and wine and snow.” As unlikely partners, they embrace exile as the rest of Europe erupts in world war. Starting over on a new continent, their trials are just beginning, and over the course of their lives, they will face trial after trial. But they will also find joy as they patiently await the day when they will be exiles no more. Through it all, their hope of returning to Spain keeps them going. Destined to witness the battle between freedom and repression as it plays out across the world, Roser and Victor will find that home might have been closer than they thought all along. A masterful work of historical fiction about hope, exile, and belonging, A Long Petal of the Sea shows Isabel Allende at the height of her powers. Praise for A Long Petal of the Sea “Both an intimate look at the relationship between one man and one woman and an epic story of love, war, family, and the search for home, this gorgeous novel, like all the best novels, transports the reader to another time and place, and also sheds light on the way we live now.”—J. Courtney Sullivan, author of Saints for All Occasions “This is a novel not just for those of us who have been Allende fans for decades, but also for those who are brand-new to her work: What a joy it must be to come upon Allende for the first time. She knows that all stories are love stories, and the greatest love stories are told by time.”—Colum McCann, National Book Award–winning author of Let the Great World Spin

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Genre : Fiction
Author : Isabel Allende
Publisher : Ballantine Books
Release : 2020-01-21
File : 336 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9781984820167

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The Trueba family embodies strong feelings. This family saga starts at the beginning of the 20th century and continues through the assassination of Allende in 1973.

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Genre : Fiction
Author : Isabel Allende
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Release : 2015-12-15
File : 481 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9781501117015

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From the bestselling author of Prayers for Sale, Sandra Dallas' Westering Women is an inspiring celebration of sisterhood on the perilous Overland Trail AG Journal's RURAL THEMES BOOKS FOR WINTER READING | Hasty Book Lists' BEST BOOKS COMING OUT IN JANUARY “Exciting novel ... difficult to put down.” —Booklist "If you are an adventuresome young woman of high moral character and fine health, are you willing to travel to California in search of a good husband?" It's February, 1852, and all around Chicago, Maggie sees postings soliciting "eligible women" to travel to the gold mines of Goosetown. A young seamstress with a small daughter, she has nothing to lose. She joins forty-three other women and two pious reverends on the dangerous 2,000-mile journey west. None are prepared for the hardships they face on the trek or for the strengths they didn't know they possessed. Maggie discovers she’s not the only one looking to leave dark secrets behind. And when her past catches up with her, it becomes clear a band of sisters will do whatever it takes to protect one of their own.

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Genre : Fiction
Author : Sandra Dallas
Publisher : St. Martin's Press
Release : 2020-01-07
File : 336 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9781250239679

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From the New York Times best-selling author of Commencement and Maine comes a gorgeous, sprawling novel about marriage—about those who marry in a white heat of passion, those who marry for partnership and comfort, and those who live together, love each other, and have absolutely no intention of ruining it all with a wedding. Evelyn has been married to her husband for forty years—forty years since he slipped off her first wedding ring and put his own in its place. Delphine has seen both sides of love—the ecstatic, glorious highs of seduction, and the bitter, spiteful fury that descends when it’s over. James, a paramedic who works the night shift, knows his wife’s family thinks she could have done better; while Kate, partnered with Dan for a decade, has seen every kind of wedding—beach weddings, backyard weddings, castle weddings—and has vowed never, ever, to have one of her own. As these lives and marriages unfold in surprising ways, we meet Frances Gerety, a young advertising copywriter in 1947. Frances is working on the De Beers campaign and she needs a signature line, so, one night before bed, she scribbles a phrase on a scrap of paper: “A Diamond Is Forever.” And that line changes everything. A rich, layered, exhilarating novel spanning nearly a hundred years, The Engagements captures four wholly unique marriages, while tracing the story of diamonds in America, and the way—for better or for worse—these glittering stones have come to symbolize our deepest hopes for everlasting love. This ebook edition includes a Reading Group Guide.

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Genre : Fiction
Author : J. Courtney Sullivan
Publisher : Vintage
Release : 2013-06-11
File : 400 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9780307958723

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From Marie Benedict, the New York Times bestselling author of The Only Woman in the Room! An incredible novel that focuses on one of the people with the most influence during World War I and World War II: Clementine Churchill. In 1909, Clementine steps off a train with her new husband, Winston. An angry woman emerges from the crowd to attack, shoving him in the direction of an oncoming train. Just before he stumbles, Clementine grabs him by his suit jacket. This will not be the last time Clementine Churchill will save her husband. Lady Clementine is the ferocious story of the ambitious woman beside Winston Churchill, the story of a partner who did not flinch through the sweeping darkness of war, and who would not surrender to expectations or to enemies. The perfect book for fans of: World War I historical fiction Novels about Women Heroes of WWI Novels about women hidden by history Biographical novels about the Churchills Recommended by People, USA Today, Glamour, POPSUGAR, Library Journal, and more! Also by Marie Benedict: The Only Woman in the Room The Other Einstein Carnegie's Maid

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Genre : Fiction
Author : Marie Benedict
Publisher : Sourcebooks, Inc.
Release : 2020-01-07
File : 336 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9781492666912

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The New York Times bestselling author of The House of the Spirits and A Long Petal of the Sea tells the story of one unforgettable woman—a slave and concubine determined to take control of her own destiny—in this sweeping historical novel that moves from the sugar plantations of Saint-Domingue to the lavish parlors of New Orleans at the turn of the 19th century “Allende is a master storyteller at the peak of her powers.”—Los Angeles Times The daughter of an African mother she never knew and a white sailor, Zarité—known as Tété—was born a slave on the island of Saint-Domingue. Growing up amid brutality and fear, Tété found solace in the traditional rhythms of African drums and the mysteries of voodoo. Her life changes when twenty-year-old Toulouse Valmorain arrives on the island in 1770 to run his father’s plantation, Saint Lazare. Overwhelmed by the challenges of his responsibilities and trapped in a painful marriage, Valmorain turns to his teenaged slave Tété, who becomes his most important confidant. The indelible bond they share will connect them across four tumultuous decades and ultimately define their lives.

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Genre : Fiction
Author : Isabel Allende
Publisher : HarperCollins
Release : 2020-06-30
File : 592 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9780063049642

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The New York Times bestselling author's surprising new book is a novel of suspense and a contemporary coming of age story narrated by an American teenage girl who falls into a life of drugs, crime, and prostitution and is forced to flee for her life. -- Nineteen-year old Maya Vidal is struggling to make it through her teenage years. Abandoned by her Danish mother as an infant and neglected by her father, she lives with her grandparents in a rambling old house in Berkeley. Maya's grandmother Nidia, affectionately known as Nini, is a force to be reckoned with-willful and outspoken, unconventionally wise with a mystical streak, and fiercely protective-she emigrated from Chile in 1973 with her young son, Maya's father. Nini's husband, a gentle African-American astronomer and professor at the University of California, is beloved by Maya and a solid, comforting presence in the turbulent waters of her American adolescence. When her Popo dies of cancer, Maya is devastated and goes completely off the rails. With her girlfriends--together they are known as the vampires-she falls into a life of drugs and alcohol and petty crime. Even a stint at a rehabilitation center in Oregon fails to make a dent in Maya's downward spiral, and she ends up in Las Vegas where she descends into a dangerous underworld of big time drugs, crime, and prostitution. With a gang of assassins, the police, the FBI, and Interpol in hot pursuit, Maya flees with the help of her Nini to a remote island off the coast of Chile. Entrusted to her grandmother's old friend, Manuel Arias, Maya begins to write the story of what happened to her in the States while she gradually adapts to a completely strange new life in an insular community time seems to have forgotten. On Chiloé, in the company of a torture survivor, a lame dog, and other unforgettable characters, Maya records her thoughts as well as her story, uncovers a terrible family secret, comes to understand the meaning of love and loyalty, and initiates the greatest adventure of her life: the journey into her own soul.

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Author : Isabel Allende
Publisher : HarperVia
Release : 2021-01-19
File : 416 Pages
ISBN-13 : 0063021811

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Once again Alexander Cold and his indomitable journalist grandmother, Kate, are braving the mystical unknown, this time in the heart of Africa. Along with Alex's friend Nadia Santos and a photographic crew from International Geographic magazine, they have travelled to Kenya to work on an article about the continent's first elephant-led safaris. But when a missionary approaches their camp in search of companions who have mysteriously disappeared, Alex, Nadia, and their group find themselves embarking on a dangerous mission to Africa's equatorial forest to aid a clan of Pygmies. For the Cold expedition is the tribe's last hope for survival in a world where poaching, corruption, and slavery run rampant. Forest of the Pygmies is the concluding volume of acclaimed author Isabel Allende's celebrated trilogy, which begins with City of the Beasts and continues with Kingdom of the Golden Dragon.

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Genre : Fiction
Author : Isabel Allende
Publisher : Harper Collins
Release : 2014-04-01
File : 320 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9780062254498

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more. In the summer of 1977, Victoria Leonard’s world changes forever when Caitlin Somers chooses her as a friend. Dazzling, reckless Caitlin welcomes Vix into the heart of her sprawling, eccentric family, opening doors to a world of unimaginable privilege, sweeping her away to vacations on Martha’s Vineyard, an enchanting place where the two friends become “summer sisters.” Now, years later, Vix is working in New York City. Caitlin is getting married on the Vineyard. And the early magic of their long, complicated friendship has faded. But Caitlin begs Vix to come to her wedding, to be her maid of honor. And Vix knows that she will go—because she wants to understand what happened during that last shattering summer. And, after all these years, she needs to know why her best friend—her summer sister—still has the power to break her heart. Praise for Summer Sisters “Compulsively readable . . . [Blume’s] powers are prodigious.”—The New York Times Book Review “As warm as a summer breeze blowing through your hair, as nostalgic as James Taylor singing ‘How Sweet It Is.’ You remember. So does Judy Blume. How sweet it was.”—Chicago Tribune “An exceptionally moving story that can leave the reader laughing and crying . . . sometimes at the same time . . . Blume creates a rich tapestry of characters.”—The Denver Post “Blume’s characters still tend to hover after the book is set aside. . . . She catches perfectly the well-armored love between longtime female friends.”—The Seattle Times

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Genre : Fiction
Author : Judy Blume
Publisher : Delta
Release : 2009-12-16
File : 416 Pages
ISBN-13 : 0307575241

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A deeply-researched and powerfully-written work of historical fiction, based on the untold story of Eliza Lucas, an extraordinary sixteen-year-old girl in Colonial-era South Carolina, whose actions were before their time: the story of the indigo girl. In 1739, bright and determined sixteen-year-old Eliza Lucas is charged with keeping her family's struggling plantations afloat, in her father's absence. Learning of the high value of indigo, Eliza becomes determined to learn the secret of growing the enigmatic crop, believing it to be her family's salvation, but everyone tells Eliza growing indigo in the region is impossible. Thwarted at nearly every turn, even by her own family, Eliza finds her only allies in an aging horticulturalist, an older and married gentleman lawyer, and a slave with whom she strikes a dangerous deal: teach her the intricate thousand-year-old secret process of making indigo dye and in return-against the laws of the day-she will teach the slaves to read. So develops an incredible story of romance, intrigue, hidden friendships, threats, ambition, betrayal, and sacrifice, based on historical documents and Eliza Lucas' own letters. "An outstanding work of fiction...The Indigo Girl is an absolutely wonderful read that will even occasionally bring a tear to one's eye. Recommended for anyone's reading list."-New York Journal of Books "An outstanding example of historical fiction...Readers will love discovering the amazing story of a virtually unknown girl who changed the course of history."-Booklist (starred review) "Captivates on every level...Fans of Elizabeth Gilbert's The Signature of All Things will savor."-Library Journal (starred review) "If you love historical fiction, this book should be on your fall reading list....It is based on historical documents and the real-life Eliza Lucas."-Southern Living

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Genre : Fiction
Author : Natasha Boyd
Publisher : Blackstone Publishing
Release : 2017-10-03
File : 352 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9781455137176

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