By Isabel Allende
(Dial Press Trade Paperback, Paperback, 9780553383829, 320pp.)
Publication Date: August 30, 2005
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Conceived in an embrace designed to comfort a dying man, born to a servant and raised as a hired hand, Eva Luna learns quickly that she has a talent that belies her humble start: the gift of storytelling. As the years pass and her imprudent nature sends Eva from household to household—from the home of a doctor famed for mummifying the dead to a colorful whorehouse and the care of a beautiful transsexual—it is Eva’s magical imagination that keeps her alive and fuels her ardent encounters with lovers of all kinds. And as her South American homeland teeters on the brink of political chaos, and Eva’s fate is intertwined with guerrilla fighters and revolutionaries, she will find her life’s calling—and the soul mate who will envelop her in a love entirely beyond her mystical inventions.
Eva Luna is a literary triumph, a novel brimming with battles and passions, rebellions and reunions—and some of the most exquisite characters Isabel Allende has ever created.
Born in Peru, Isabel Allende is Chilean. She was a journalist for many years and began to write fiction in 1981. The result was the worldwide bestseller The House of the Spirits, which was followed by the equally successful Of Love and Shadows. Her other books are Eva Luna and The Stories of Eva Luna. Long a resident of Caracas, she now makes her home in San Rafael, California, where she is completing a new book.
“An exotic dance that beguiles and entices.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“Remarkable . . . [Isabel] Allende seems to draw characters and tales from a bottomless well as Eva Luna narrates the story of her life. . . . Vivid and passionate and human.”—The Washington Post Book World
“With vivid imagery, Eva Luna transports the reader to an almost mythic continent where magical happenings are everyday events.”—The Christian Science Monitor
“Sumptuous . . . Allende’s canvas is large, busy, full of feeling, incident and rich detail.”—Chicago Tribune
“There is a richness of language, image, and adventure that flows effortlessly.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer