Paula: A Memoir

Paperback | May 7, 2013

byIsabel Allende

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When Isabel Allende's daughter, Paula, became gravely ill and fell into a coma, the author began to write the story of her family for her unconscious child. In the telling, bizarre ancestors appear before our eyes; we hear both delightful and bitter childhood memories, amazing anecdotes of youthful years, and the most intimate secrets passed along in whispers. With Paula, Allende has written a powerful autobiography whose straightforward acceptance of the magical and spiritual worlds will remind readers of her first book, The House of the Spirits.

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When Isabel Allende's daughter, Paula, became gravely ill and fell into a coma, the author began to write the story of her family for her unconscious child. In the telling, bizarre ancestors appear before our eyes; we hear both delightful and bitter childhood memories, amazing anecdotes of youthful years, and the most intimate secrets ...

Isabel Allende is the author of twelve works of fiction, including theNew York TimesbestsellersMaya’s Notebook, Island Beneath the Sea, Inés of My Soul, Daughter of Fortune, and a novel that has become a world-renowned classic, The House of the Spirits. Born in Peru and raised in Chile, she lives in California.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.83 inPublished:May 7, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061564907

ISBN - 13:9780061564901

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! #plumreview This is such a beautiful book, a beautifully written story of Isabel Allende's life and the life of her family. It began as a letter to her daughter during her battle with the debilitating disease, porphyria. Paula slips into a coma and remains in that state for over a year. In this memoir, Allende reveals the trials of her life in Chile and her travels abroad. She writes of the political unrest in her homeland, her role in assisting political fugitives during that time and her eventual launch into the literary career she enjoys today. The book is filled with love of family, country and an unrelenting passion for life
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Isabel's memoir and background to her family I loved getting to know more about Isabel's family, especially the story behind her father's government in Chile and her struggle of dealing with her daughter Paula during her illness. It humanizes Allende for me in a way.
Date published: 2014-10-31

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"A deeply affecting tale, written in the rich, luminous prose typical of Allende's novels...Highly recommended."(Library Journal)