Portrait in Sepia
By Isabel Allende
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780060936365, 320pp.)
Publication Date: November 2002
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the mystery of memory
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.