Posted By trish on April 18, 2011
Celebrate the world of Isabel Allende! Along with the newly released paperback of Island Beneath the Sea, Allende’s beloved books, Daughter of Fortune, Inés of My Soul, and Portrait in Sepia will also be a part of the blog tour.
• Paperback: 480 pages
• Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (April 26, 2011)
Born a slave on the island of Saint-Domingue—the daughter of an African mother she never knew and a white sailor who brought her into bondage—Zarité, known as Tété, survives a childhood of brutality and fear, finding solace in the traditional rhythms of African drums and in her exhilarating initiation into the mysteries of voodoo.
When twenty-year-old Toulouse Valmorain arrives on the island in 1770, he discovers that running his father’s plantation is neither glamorous nor easy. Marriage also proves problematic when, eight years later, he brings home a bride. But it is his teenaged slave, Tété, upon whom Valmorain becomes most dependent, as their lives intertwine across four tumultuous decades.
In Island Beneath the Sea, internationally acclaimed author Isabel Allende spins the unforgettable saga of an extraordinary woman determined to find love amid loss and forge her own identity under the cruelest of circumstances.
An orphan raised in Valparaiso, Chile, by a Victorian spinster and her rigid brother, vivacious young Eliza Sommers follows her lover to California during the Gold Rush of 1849. Entering a rough-and-tumble world of new arrivals driven mad by gold fever, Eliza moves in a society of single men and prostitutes with the help of her good friend and savior, the Chinese doctor Tao Chi’en. California opens the door to a new life of freedom and independence to the young Chilean, and her search for her elusive lover gradually turns into another kind of journey. By the time she finally hears news of him, Eliza must decide who her true love really is.
In the early years of the conquest of the Americas, Inés Suárez, a seamstress condemned to a life of toil, flees Spain to seek adventure in the New World. As Inés makes her way to Chile, she begins a fiery romance with Pedro de Valdivia, war hero and field marshal to the famed Francisco Pizarro. Together the lovers will build the new city of Santiago, and they will wage war against the indigenous Chileans—a bloody struggle that will change Inés and Valdivia forever, inexorably pulling each of them toward separate destinies.
Inés of My Soul is a work of breathtaking scope that masterfully dramatizes the known events of Inés Suárez’s life, crafting them into a novel rich with the narrative brilliance and passion readers have come to expect from Isabel Allende.
In nineteenth-century Chile, Aurora del Valle suffers a brutal trauma that erases all recollections of the first five years of her life. Raised by her regal and ambitious grandmother Paulina del Valle, Aurora grows up in a privileged environment but is tormented by horrible nightmares. When she is forced to recognize her betrayal at the hands of the man she loves, and to cope with the resulting solitude, she explores the mystery of her past.
Born in Peru and raised in Chile, Isabel Allende is the author of many bestselling novels, including Ines of My Soul, Zorro, Portrait in Sepia, and Daughter of Fortune. She has also written a collection of stories; three memoirs, The Sum of Our Days, My Invented Country, and Paula; and a trilogy of young adult novels. Her books have been translated into more than 27 languages and have become bestsellers across four continents. In 2004 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Allende lives in California.
Find out more about Isabel, her books, and her foundation at www.isabelallende.com.
Isabel’s Tour Stops
Tuesday, April 26th: Debbie’s Book Bag (Island Beneath the Sea)
Wednesday, April 27th: Books Like Breathing (Daughter of Fortune)
Thursday, April 28th: Unabridged Chick (Ines of My Soul)
Monday, May 2nd: Books Like Breathing (Portrait in Sepia)
Wednesday, May 4th: The House of the Seven Tails (Daughter of Fortune)
Thursday, May 5th: You’ve GOTTA Read This! (Daughter of Fortune)
Thursday, May 5th: Bookworm’s Dinner (Island Beneath the Sea)
Monday, May 9th: Books Like Breathing (Ines of My Soul)
Tuesday, May 10th: The Lost Entwife (Island Beneath the Sea)
Wednesday, May 11th: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom (Island Beneath the Sea)
Thursday, May 12th: Life In Review (Daughter of Fortune)
Thursday, May 12th: Lit and Life (Island Beneath the Sea)
Monday, May 16th: Eclectic/Eccentric (Ines of My Soul)
Tuesday, May 17th: Book Club Classics! (Island Beneath the Sea)
Wednesday, May 18th: Diary of an Eccentric (Island Beneath the Sea)
Friday, May 20th: Rundpinne (Ines of My Soul)
Monday, May 23rd: Bloggin’ ‘Bout Books (Island Beneath the Sea)
Wednesday, May 25th: nomadreader (Daughter of Fortune)
Thursday, May 26th: The House of the Seven Tails (Portrait in Sepia)
Friday, May 27th: Rundpinne (Island Beneath the Sea)
Tuesday, May 31st: Unputdownables (Daughter of Fortune)
Thursday, June 2nd: Books Like Breathing (Island Beneath the Sea)