DAUGHTER OF FORTUNE OPRAH 31 HC

by Isabel/focus Allende

Harper Collins Canada | October 15, 1999 | Hardcover

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Orphaned at birth, Eliza Sommers is raised in the British colony of Valparaíso, Chile, by the well-intentioned Victorian spinster Miss Rose and her more rigid brother Jeremy. Just as she meets and falls in love with the wildly inappropriate Joaquín Andieta, a lowly clerk who works for Jeremy, gold is discovered in the hills of northern California. By 1849, Chileans of every stripe have fallen prey to feverish dreams of wealth. Joaquín takes off for San Francisco to seek his fortune, and Eliza, pregnant with his child, decides to follow him.

So begins Isabel Allende's enchanting new novel, Daughter of Fortune, her most ambitious work of fiction yet. As we follow her spirited heroine on a perilous journey north in the hold of a ship to the rough-and-tumble world of San Francisco and northern California, we enter a world whose newly arrived inhabitants are driven mad by gold fever. A society of single men and prostitutes among whom Eliza moves--with the help of her good friend and savior, the Chinese doctor Tao Chien--California opens the door to a new life of freedom and independence for the young Chilean. Her search for the elusive Joaquín gradually turns into another kind of journey that transforms her over time, and what began as a search for love ends up as the conquest of personal freedom. By the time she finally hears news of him, Eliza must decide who her true love really is.

Daughter of Fortune is a sweeping portrait of an era, a story rich in character, history, violence, and compassion. In Eliza, Allende has created one of her most appealing heroines, an adventurous, independent-minded, and highly unconventional young woman who has the courage to reinvent herself and to create her own destiny in a new country. A marvel of storytelling, Daughter of Fortune confirms once again Isabel Allende's extraordinary gift for fiction and her place as one of the world's leading writers.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 432 pages, 9.53 × 6.44 × 1.38 in

Published: October 15, 1999

Publisher: Harper Collins Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 006019491x

ISBN - 13: 9780060194918

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DAUGHTER OF FORTUNE OPRAH 31 HC

by Isabel/focus Allende

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 432 pages, 9.53 × 6.44 × 1.38 in

Published: October 15, 1999

Publisher: Harper Collins Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 006019491x

ISBN - 13: 9780060194918

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Orphaned at birth, Eliza Sommers is raised in the British colony of Valparaíso, Chile, by the well-intentioned Victorian spinster Miss Rose and her more rigid brother Jeremy. Just as she meets and falls in love with the wildly inappropriate Joaquín Andieta, a lowly clerk who works for Jeremy, gold is discovered in the hills of northern California. By 1849, Chileans of every stripe have fallen prey to feverish dreams of wealth. Joaquín takes off for San Francisco to seek his fortune, and Eliza, pregnant with his child, decides to follow him.

So begins Isabel Allende's enchanting new novel, Daughter of Fortune, her most ambitious work of fiction yet. As we follow her spirited heroine on a perilous journey north in the hold of a ship to the rough-and-tumble world of San Francisco and northern California, we enter a world whose newly arrived inhabitants are driven mad by gold fever. A society of single men and prostitutes among whom Eliza moves--with the help of her good friend and savior, the Chinese doctor Tao Chien--California opens the door to a new life of freedom and independence for the young Chilean. Her search for the elusive Joaquín gradually turns into another kind of journey that transforms her over time, and what began as a search for love ends up as the conquest of personal freedom. By the time she finally hears news of him, Eliza must decide who her true love really is.

Daughter of Fortune is a sweeping portrait of an era, a story rich in character, history, violence, and compassion. In Eliza, Allende has created one of her most appealing heroines, an adventurous, independent-minded, and highly unconventional young woman who has the courage to reinvent herself and to create her own destiny in a new country. A marvel of storytelling, Daughter of Fortune confirms once again Isabel Allende's extraordinary gift for fiction and her place as one of the world's leading writers.

About the Author

Nacida en Perú, Isabel Allende se crió en Chile. Algunos de sus libros, La casa de los espíritus, De amor y sombra, Eva Luna, Cuentos de Eva Luna, El plan infinito, y más recientemente, Paula, raducidos a más de 25 lenguas, encabezan la lista de bestsellers en varios paises de America y Europa. Isabel Allende reside actualmente en California.

Born in Peru, Isabel Allende was raised in Chile. She is the author of the novels Portrait in Sepia, Daughter of Fortune, The Infinite Plan, Eva Luna, Of Love and Shadows, and The House of the Spirits, the short story collection The Stories of Eva Luna, the memoir Paula, and Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses. City of the Beast is her first novel for young readers. She lives in California.

From Our Editors

In 1843, a baby is left on the doorstep of the Sommers family in the British colony of Valparaiso, Chile. Taken in by Rose and Jeremy Sommers, she grows to maturity and finds love in Joaquin Andieta, but news of the California gold rush is to take him away from her and is to change her life forever. Daughter of Fortune is the story of one woman's journey across a seemingly immeasurable distance, of her search for the man she loves, and of her even more important journey toward independence and self-reliance. Written by leading Latin American novelist Isabel Allende, this book itself is an astonishing feat; it will continue to haunt you long after you've turned the last page.

Editorial Reviews

ôSprawling, engrossing, richly textured and expansively told . . . This is storytelling at its most seductive, a brash historical adventure.ö -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) "An extravagant tale by a gifted storyteller whose spell brings to life the 19th century world. . . . entertaining and well paced . . . compelling." -- Los Angeles Times A "rich cast of characters . . . a pleasurable story. . . . In Daughter of Fortune, Allende has continued her obsession with passion and violence.ö" -- New York Times Book Review ôAllende projects a woman’s point of view with confidence, control and an expansive definition of romance as a fact of life.ö -- Time ôAllende is a unique and staggering storyteller with an enviable talent for intricate narratives . . . Once the reader submits to her wizardry, a florid, detailed universe of hopes and lust, of class struggle and quarreling individual identities, unfolds.ö -- The Boston Sunday Globe ôAllende has created a masterpiece of historical fiction that is passionate, adventurous, and brilliantly insightful. And right up to the end, it’s suspenseful and surprising.ö -- Denver Post ôThe Chilean novelist possesses the eyes, ears, mind, heart and pluck to manufacture generous and feisty fiction. . . . [A] rambunctious picaresque about love and obsession.ö -- Miami Herald ôAllende interweaves a densely layered tale of passion with the stuff of history and legend.ö -- San Diego Union-Tribune ôAllende details her plot and settings richly.ö -
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