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In nineteenth-century Chile, Aurora del Valle suffers a brutal trauma that erases all recollections of the first five years of her life. Raised by her regal and ambitious grandmother Paulina del Valle, Aurora grows up in a privileged environment but is tormented by horrible nightmares. When she is forced to recognize her betrayal at the hands of the man she loves, and to cope with the resulting solitude, she explores the mystery of her past.
"Rich and complex ... Allende exercises her supreme storytelling abilities ... a grand installment in an already impressive repertoire."
-Publishers Weekly (* Starred Review *)
"Complex, intriguing, ambitious … it's Allende's remarkable flair for character that makes it all come alive."
“Portrait in Sepia is rich with color and emotion and packed with intriguing characters.”
-San Francisco Chronicle