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A Long Petal of the Sea 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 homeIn the late s, 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 , 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 WarStarting 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 , 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

About the Author: Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende Llona is a Chilean American novelist Allende, who writes in the magic realism tradition, is considered one of the first successful women novelists in Latin America She has written novels based in part on her own experiences, often focusing on the experiences of women, weaving myth and realism together She has lectured and done extensive book tours and has taught literature at several US colleges She currently resides in California with her husband Allende adopted U.S citizenship in 2003.

10 thoughts on “A Long Petal of the Sea

  1. Angela M Angela M says:

    I enjoyed a number of Allende s earlier books, but a few of therecent ones have not been quite as satisfying Yet, I could not resist the opportunity to read this one because I was looking for the Allende of those e

  2. Elyse Walters Elyse Walters says:

    One of the most richly imagined portrayals of the Spanish Civil War to date, and one of the strongest and affecting works in Isabelle Allende s long career The New York Times book review.AGREE I ve read 15 books by t

  3. Debra Debra says:

    I really struggled with this book and was shocked as I really enjoy Allende s work Ines of My Soul being my favorite of her books I enjoyed the beginning, Roser comes from nothing and is adopted by a wealthy man and sh

  4. Brina Brina says:

    It is January and that means the winter doldrums I am afflicted with seasonal affective disorder each winter and combat it with a jolt of vitamin d and an annual trip to Florida A week in the sun under the palm trees usu

  5. Diane S ☔ Diane S ☔ says:

    4.5 So very glad that Allende has returned to form I had trouble with her last few books, though her earlier novels were outstanding Historicals are definitely her forte as this book about demonstrated.This is the story of

  6. Jen Jen says:

    Allende can romanticize the simple things Just as she does with this title to describe where Chile snuggles into South America and the Pacific Ocean.Her descriptions are so vivid you can smell the ocean see the vibrant colou

  7. Emma Emma says:

    I just can t get into this one The historical period was specifically what attracted me to the book but it overwhelms the story too much research, too little character all feeding into the list like nature of the prose It s im

  8. Ceecee Ceecee says:

    Isabel Allende is one of my favourite authors and I have read a lot of her books over the years This one is a real epic in every sense of the word and I read with fascination, admiration and at times horror at what humans inflic

  9. Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader says:

    Thank you, Random House and Ballantine Books, for the gifted copy Isabel Allende has long been one of my favorite storytellers, ever since I read The House of the Spirits La Casa de los Espiritus in Spanish while in college I was

  10. ✨ A ✨ ✨ A ✨ says:

    Years later, Neruda was to define it as a long petal of sea and wine and snow with a belt of black and white foamVictor Dalmau is an army doctor during the Spanish Civil war In it s aftermath he, his very pregnant and widowed sister

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