Maya's Notebook (Paperback)

A Novel

By Isabel Allende

Harper Perennial, 9780062105639, 416pp.

Publication Date: April 22, 2014

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (4/22/2013)
Digital Audiobook (5/3/2013)
Hardcover (4/23/2013)
Paperback, Large Print (4/23/2013)
CD-Audio (4/22/2014)

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A startling novel of suspense and resilience from New York Times bestselling author of The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende.

Neglected by her parents, nineteen-year-old Maya Vidal grew up in a rambling old house in Berkeley with her grandparents. Her grandmother, Nidia, affectionately known as Nini, is a force of nature—a woman whose formidable strength helped her build a new life after she emigrated from Chile in 1973. Popo, Maya's grandfather, is an African American astronomer and professor—a gentle man whose solid, comforting presence helps calm the turbulence of Maya's adolescence. When Popo dies of cancer, Maya loses the only grounding force in her life. She turns to drugs, alcohol, and petty crime, eventually bottoming out in Las Vegas. Lost in a dangerous underworld, she is caught in the crosshairs of warring forces—a gang of assassins, the police, the FBI, and Interpol. Her one chance for survival is Nini, who helps her escape to a remote island off the coast of Chile. Here, Maya tries to make sense of the past, unravels mysterious truths about life and her family, and embarks on her greatest adventure: a journey of self-discovery and forgiveness.


About the Author

Isabel Allende is the author of twelve works of fiction, including the New York Times bestsellers Maya’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.

Praise For Maya's Notebook: A Novel

— John Barron, Chicago Tribune

— Maribel Molyneaux, Philadelphia Inquirer

— Miami Herald

— San Jose Mercury News

— Minneapolis Star Tribune

— Seattle Times

— Entertainment Weekly

— Jane Ciabattari, O magazine

— Vanity Fair

— Library Journal (starred review)

— Kirkus Reviews

— Booklist (starred review)

— Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times

— Malena Watrous, San Francisco Chronicle