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“Beautiful and heartrending.... Memoir, autobiography, epicedium, perhaps even some fiction: they are all here, and they are all quite wonderful." (Los Angeles Times)

In this literary classic, New York Times best-selling author Isabel Allende recalls the story of her beloved daughter and her remarkable family’s past.

When her daughter, Paula, became gravely ill and fell into a coma, Isabel Allende began to write the story of her family for her unconscious child. Bizarre ancestors are introduced; delightful and bitter childhood memories are shared; amazing anecdotes of youthful years are relived, and the most intimate secrets are quietly passed along. Like Allende’s first novel, The House of the Spirits, this powerful memoir is infused with the real, the magical, and the spiritual, creating a haunting, sad, and beautiful tale.

©2012 Isabel Allende (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Words for the soul

For as long as I have memory I’ve known about this book, but I’ve prolonged reading this because I wanted to avoid feeling too much. I knew Paula died, and thus, not wanted to read something with such a sad ending.
I’m glad that I decided to listen to it.

For the first part of the book you can feel the hope Isabel has towards the recovery of Paula, and she intertwines the story of her life, her youth. And the second part when she knows Paula won’t wake up, you can se how she gradually learns to let go, and she tells you her struggles of adult life.

I just loved it.

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My favorite book of all time!

I’ve read this book a few times, and now I have listened to it. Isabel Allende is an amazing writer, and I’m so grateful that she continues to write novels.

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Enchanting

Beautifully written and captivating. Expertly woven story about love, loss and grief yet it refrained from becoming depressing. You are left with a feeling of hope and gratitude for friends and family.

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A must read

This is a game changer. I love everything she writes and this is no different. Do yourself a favor and read or listen to it.