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 (tinyurl.com/y3e7lp2h), 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 (www.ted.com/talks/isabel_allende_tells_tales_of_passion)
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.
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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