"A tale that is seductively intimate and strategically charming . . . a virtuoso of lucidly well-told, utterly enrapturing fiction . . . Allende deftly addresses war, displacement, violence, and loss in a novel of survival and love under siege."--Booklist (starred review)
"A Long Petal of the Sea is a rich and transportive novel, epic in scope, about finding love and finding home."--PopSugar
"An absorbing story."--AARP
"An immersive read about love and survival."--Real Simple "Isabel Allende has time and again proven herself a master of magical realism. Her latest novel . . . serves as a paean to human love and endurance."--Elle "Allende fans have been waiting with bated breath for her latest novel, and A Long Petal of the Sea doesn't disappoint."--Marie Claire
"The wondrous Isabel Allende is back, doing what she does best."--Read It Forward "In addition to being well-researched historical fiction, it also parallels current issues."--Book Riot "Powerfully told, this is a soaring, inspirational tale."--The Orange County Register "Allende . . . has deftly woven fact and fiction, history and memory, to create one of the most richly imagined portrayals of the Spanish Civil War to date, and one of the strongest and most affecting works in her long career." --The New York Times Book Review "Allende's latest . . . marks a return to the time and setting of the book that jump-started her literary career, The House of the Spirits, but with far less supernatural elements and a more expansive engagement of revolution, exile and the determination of the human spirit. . . . A page-turning story rich with history and surprising subplots that keep the novel unpredictable to the end." --Los Angeles Times "Isabel Allende's A Long Petal of the Sea gets to the heart of immigrant struggle. . . . [It] begins, as it ends, with the heart. . . . Victor and Roser's story is compelling. . . . Allende's prose is both commanding and comforting. The author writes eloquently on the struggle of letting go of one culture to embrace a new one and shows that one's origin story is not the whole story. . . . While debate and policy surround the issues of refugees and immigration, Allende reminds us that these issues, at their core, are made up of individuals and their love stories." --USA Today
'One of the strongest and most affecting works in Allende's long career' New York Times Book Review
'Allende's style is impressively Olympian and the payoff is remarkable' Guardian
'Her place as an icon of world literature was secured long ago' Khaled Hosseini
*A Daily Telegraph and Irish Times Highlight for 2020*
September 3, 1939, the day of the Spanish exiles' splendid arrival in Chile, the Second World War broke out in Europe.
Victor Dalmau is a young doctor when he is caught up in the Spanish Civil War, a tragedy that leaves his life – and the fate of his country – forever changed. Together with his sister-in-law, the pianist Roser, he is forced out of his beloved Barcelona and into exile.
When opportunity to seek refuge arises, they board a ship chartered by the poet Pablo Neruda to Chile, the promised 'long petal of sea and wine and snow'. There, they find themselves enmeshed in a rich web of characters who come together in love and tragedy over the course of four generations, destined to witness the battle between freedom and repression as it plays out across the world.
A masterful work of historical fiction that soars from the Spanish Civil War to the rise and fall of Pinochet, A Long Petal of the Sea is Isabel Allende at the height of her powers.