Publication date: January 25, 2022
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Hardcover: 336 Pages
This sweeping novel from the New York Times bestselling author of A Long Petal of the Sea tells the epic story of Violeta Del Valle, a woman whose life spans one hundred years and bears witness to the greatest upheavals of the twentieth century.
Violeta comes into the world on a stormy day in 1920, the first girl in a family with five boisterous sons. From the start, her life is marked by extraordinary events, for the ripples of the Great War are still being felt, even as the Spanish flu arrives on the shores of her South American homeland almost at the moment of her birth.
Through her father’s prescience, the family will come through that crisis unscathed, only to face a new one as the Great Depression transforms the genteel city life she has known. Her family loses everything and is forced to retreat to a wild and beautiful but remote part of the country. There, she will come of age, and her first suitor will come calling.
She tells her story in the form of a letter to someone she loves above all others, recounting times of devastating heartbreak and passionate affairs, poverty and wealth, terrible loss and immense joy. Her life is shaped by some of the most important events of history: the fight for women’s rights, the rise and fall of tyrants, and ultimately not one, but two pandemics.
Through the eyes of a woman whose unforgettable passion, determination, and sense of humor carry her through a lifetime of upheaval, Isabel Allende once more brings us an epic that is both fiercely inspiring and deeply emotional.
Violeta was one of my most anticipated reads of 2022 and so far is one of my favorite books by Isabel Allende. The journey with Violeta is an amazing, heartwarming one.
Violeta’s life is shaped by some of the most important events in history; through her eyes, we see the fight for women’s rights, the rise and fall of tyrants and the experience of poverty and wealth, terrible losses, and immense joy, and not one but two pandemics.
The story Violeta tells Camilo is written with passion and humor: she loses everything—home, fortune, and family —and yet never stops fighting for what she believes in: love and family. Violeta’s story is full of life, color, and truth, a story that grabbed me from the first page and will stay with me for a long time.
So, if you’re looking for a sweeping and emotionally charged story with a strong female character, Isabel Allende’s latest novel is the perfect book.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from PRH International through NetGalley. The opinions in this review are entirely my own.
About the author
Isabel Allende won worldwide acclaim in 1982 with the publication of her first novel, The House of the Spirits. Since then, she has authored twenty-six bestselling and critically acclaimed books, which have been translated into more than forty-two languages. She has also received PEN Center USA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Raised in Chile, she now lives in California.
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“[Allende] writes with surpassing compassion and insight. Her place as an icon of world literature was secured long ago. She will be celebrated, by readers and writers alike, for generations to come.”—Khaled Hosseini
“One of the strongest and most affecting works in [Isabel Allende’s] long career.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Another gift of epic storytelling . . . A Long Petal of the Sea is a love story for these times.”—NPR