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Daughter of Fortune

Daughter of Fortune( )
Author: Allende, Isabel
Translator: Peden, Margaret Sayers
Series title:Oprah's Book Club Ser.
ISBN:978-0-06-019491-8
Publication Date:Oct 1999
Publisher:HarperCollins Publishers
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $26.00
Book Description:

Orphaned at birth, Eliza Sommers is raised in the British colony of Valpara#65533;so, Chile, by the well-intentioned Victorian spinster Miss Rose and her more rigid brother Jeremy. Just as she meets and falls in love with the wildly inappropriate Joaqu#65533;n Andieta, a lowly clerk who works for Jeremy, gold is discovered in the hills of northern California. By 1849, Chileans of every stripe have fallen prey to feverish dreams of wealth. Joaqu#65533;n takes off for San Francisco to...
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Book Details
Pages:416
Detailed Subjects: Fiction / Historical / General
Fiction / Hispanic & Latino
Fiction / General
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):6.125 x 9.25 x 1.393 Inches
Book Weight:1.76 Pounds
Author Biography
Allende, Isabel (Author)
Isabel Allende was born in 1942 in Lima, Peru, the daughter of a Chilean diplomat. When her parents separated, young Isabel moved with her mother to Chile, where she spent the rest of her childhood. She married at the age of 19 and had two children, Paula and Nicolas. Her uncle was Salvador Allende, the president of Chile. When he was overthrown in the coup of 1973, she fled Chile, moving to Caracas, Venezuela.

While living in Venezuela, Allende began writing her novels, many of them exploring the close family bonds between women. Her first novel, The House of the Spirits, has been translated into 27 languages, and was later made into a film. She then wrote Of Love and Shadows, Eva Luna, and The Stories of Eva Luna, all set in Latin America. The Infinite Plan was her first novel to take place in the United States. She explores the issues of human rights and the plight of immigrants and refugees in her novel, In The Midst of Winter. In Paula, Allende wrote her memoirs in connection with her daughter's illness and death. She delved into the erotic connections between food and love in Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses.

In addition to writing books, Allende has worked as a TV interviewer, magazine writer, school administrator, and a secretary at a U.N. office in Chile. She received the 1996 Harold Washington Literacy Award. She lives in California. Her title Maya's Notebook made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2013.

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