My Invented Country: A Memoir

My Invented Country: A Memoir

by Isabel Allende

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Overview

“A stunningly intimate memoir. . . . Allende is that rare writer whose understanding of story matches her mastery of language.”—Entertainment Weekly

The revered New York Times bestselling author of House of the Spirits and A Long Petal of the Sea ponders the elements that led to her becoming a writer, including the homeland she lost and the one she found, and the family spirits, both living and dead, who haunt her life and work.

In this wondrous and intimate book, Isabel Allende explores the role of memory and nostalgia in shaping her life, her books, and that most intimate connection to her place of origin. My Invented Country brings her homeland of Chile to life in her unique voice, evoking the magnificent landscapes of her land, the almost mythic people of her family; the tragedy and hope of her people; and the politics, religion, and magic that infuse them all.

My Invented Country orbits two life-changing moments: the 1973 assassination of her uncle Salvador Allende Gossens which sent her into exile and inspired her literary career; and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, on her adopted homeland, the United States. Ping-ponging across distance and time, between past and present lives, it is a monumental tribute to history and the immigrant experience and a wise and personal consideration of what it means to pursue a reflective life in a cacophonous, contradictory world. 

Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly

A stunningly intimate memoir …. Allende is that rare writer whose understanding of story matches her mastery of language.

Orlando Sentinel

A delicious exploration.

San Diego Union-Tribune

Poignant … Allende’s keen intelligence and lively prose keep readers wishing for more.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Isabel Allende [is] surely one of the most graceful and yet haunting writers alive.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

At every bend [Allende] delights us with unexpected humor.

Boston Globe

Allende’s writing is beautifully descriptive, with eloquent turns of phrase and vivid metaphors.

New York Times Book Review

Charming and entertaining.

Booklist

Riveting in its frankness and compassion, … [Allende’s] account of why and how she became a writer is profoundly moving.

Orlando Sentinel

A delicious exploration.

Booklist

Riveting in its frankness and compassion, … [Allende’s] account of why and how she became a writer is profoundly moving.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780063021723
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/29/2020
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 80,110
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)

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