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A Long Petal of the Sea
A Novel
By (author): Isabel Allende
9781984820150 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Literary Jan 21, 2020
$37.00 CAD
Forthcoming 6.13 x 9.13 in 336 pages Ballantine Ballantine Books
From the New York Times bestselling author of The House of the Spirits comes an epic novel spanning decades and crossing continents, following two young people as they flee the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War in search of a new place to call home.

In the late 1930s, civil war gripped 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 irreversibly 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 wants, and together are sponsored by poet Pablo Neruda to embark on the SS Winnipeg along with 2,200 other refugees in search of a new life. As unlikely partners, they embrace exile and emigrate to Chile as the rest of Europe erupts in World War.

Starting over on a new continent, their trials are just beginning. Over the course of their lives, they will face test after test. But they will also find joy as they wait patiently for a day when they are exiles no more, and will find friends in the most unlikely of places. Through it all, it is that hope of being reunited with their home that keeps them going. And in the end, they will find that home might have been closer than they thought all along.

Story Locale: 1930s-1990s Spain and Chile

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR of In the Midst of Winter, The Japanese Lover, Maya’s Notebook, The House of the Spirits, and many more!

HONORS AND AWARDS: Allende has received 15 honorary doctorates, the PEN Center Lifetime Achievement Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Lifetime Achievement Award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom (, the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation, and been inducted into the California Hall of Fame.

PRAISE FROM PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: “Isabel Allende has transfixed readers worldwide with her extraordinary storytelling…With creativity and conviction,Allende continues to move and delight the world.”—President Barack Obama

DEVOTED HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST: Founder of The Isabel Allende Foundation, which has awarded grants to more than 100 nonprofits worldwide and delivers life-changing care to hundreds of thousands of women and girls. Allende funds the program directly from the income she receives from her books.

TED TALK SPEAKER: Her talks on leading a passionate life have over 8 million views (

CRITICAL ACCLAIM: Widely revered, Allende as a novelist has been deemed “a master of the form” (Elle) and her writing is praised as “riveting” (BBC America).

AUTHOR CONNECTION TO THE NOVEL: Salvador Allende, the cousin of the author and one-time President of Chile, is a character.

LITTLE-KNOWN REAL LIFE-HOOK: The story of the poet Pablo Neruda commissioning a ship to bring 2,200 refugees from Spain to safety in Chile.

TIMELY THEMES: The plight of the refugees in this novel resonate with all that’s going on in the world today.

Born in Peru and raised in Chile, Isabel Allende is the author of a number of bestselling and critically acclaimed books, including The House of the Spirits, Of Love and Shadows, Eva Luna, Paula, and In the Midst of Winter. Her books have been translated into more than forty-two languages and have sold more than seventy-four million copies worldwide. She lives in California.

Author Residence: California

Author Hometown: Born in Peru and raised in Chile

Marketing: Advance reader’s edition

Major pre-pub buzz campaig, including advertising and promotion through Goodreads, Shelf Awareness, Publishers Weekly, and NetGalley

Extensive national advertising campaign via New Yorker, GoodReads, LiveIntent, Facebook, and more

Influencer campaign activating Isabel Allende’s large fan base

Targeted email marketing

Major book club outreach through Random House Reader’s Circle and Bookreporter

Library and Academic outreach

Digital assets: book club kit, book trailer, ecards

Publicity: National media attention

National/local review and feature print attention

National/local radio attention

Online review and feature attention

NPR campaign

4-6 city author tour

Local author promotion: San Francisco

Social media campaign

Author Website:

Praise for Isabel Allende
“Perfectly crafted and thematically rich…Eva Luna’s stories are delicate, their images akin to poetry.”—Barbara Kingsolver, The New York Times Book Review, on The Stories of Eva Luna
“Nothing short of astonishing…Isabel Allende has indeed shown us the relationships between past and present, family and nation, city and country, spiritual and political values. She has done so with enormous imagination, sensitivity, and compassion.”San Francisco Chronicle, on The House of the Spirits

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