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Ines of My Soul (Paperback)
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This magisterial work of historical fiction recounts the astonishing life of Inés Suárez, a daring Spanish conquistadora who toiled to build the nation of Chile—and whose vital role has too often been neglected by history.
It is the beginning of the Spanish conquest of the Americas, and when Inéss shiftless husband disappears to the New World, she uses the opportunity to search for him as an excuse to flee her stifling homeland and seek adventure. After a treacherous journey to Peru, she learns of his death in battle. She meets and begins a passionate love affair with a man who seeks only honor and glory: Pedro Valdivia, war hero and field marshal to the famed Francisco Pizarro. Together, Inés and Valdivia will build the new city of Santiago and wage a ruthless war against the indigenous Chileans. The horrific struggle will change them forever, pulling each toward their separate destinies.
Inés of My Soul is a work of breathtaking scope, written with the narrative brilliance and passion readers have come to expect from Isabel Allende.
About the Author
ISABEL ALLENDE is the bestselling author of twelve works of fiction, four memoirs and three young adult novels, which have been translated into more than twenty-seven languages with more than 57 million copies sold. In 2004, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She received the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award in 2012. Born in Peru and raised in Chile, she lives in California.
Corecipient of the first Gregory Kolovakos Award in 1992, Margaret Sayers Peden is a distinguished critic and translator of Latin American literature.
“Allende…has written her surest work since THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS.”
“Allende is a master storyteller at the peak of her powers, as she demonstrates in her latest novel.”
-Los Angeles Times
“Allende’s imagination delivers the enchantment…this is one work Allende fans should not miss.”
“Vivid…Allende’s reach is broad…Allende succeeds in resurrecting a woman from history and endowing her with the gravitas of a hero.”
-New York Times Book Review
“A powerfully evocative narrative...Allende is at her best here.”
“Thoroughly researched…a colorful, entertaining tale of the hardscrabble adventures and desperate deeds of some of our hemisphere’s first Europeans”
“Solid and well-constructed...Ines is rescued by Allende from history’s dust bin.”
-San Francisco Chronicle
“Allende’s keen intelligence and lively prose keep readers wishing for more.”
-San Diego Union-Tribune
“Might be Allende’s best novel, better even than THE HOUSE OF SPIRITS.”
“Vivid and convincing….”
-Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post
“Well-grounded...As always, Allende focuses on the story.”
“Compelling...a complex and truly rich tale”
“earthy and ironic.”
-New York Times
“Thrilling epic...the memoir she ascribes to Ines promotes a more democratic view of how the New World was settled.”
“Riveting...A colorful and clear-eyed portrait...Suarez’s story is so fabulous and life-affirming…that it simply captivates”
“Allende has given [Ines] an instantly appealing voice...even the most unpliable reader will be hooked.”
-Minneapolis Star Tribune
“A thourough and unflinching account…Allende...keeps the pages turning. It’s a joy to see Ines triumph.”
-Rocky Mountain News
“Ines of My Soul is a powerful novel...[Ines] is, in Allende’s skilled hands, a wholly human character.”
“An elegant work of historical fiction.”
“engrossing…Fans of Allende’s earlier novels will…find enjoyment in INES OF MY SOUL.”
-Christian Science Monitor
“Brilliant…A beautifully crafted work by one of the finest writers of our time.”
“Ines of My Soul is an absorbing and illuminating book.”
-The Globe and Mail
“Allende crafts a swift, thrilling epic, packed with fierce battles and passionate romance.”
“Fiction about the conquistador experience…can’t possibly get better”
-Booklist (starred review)
“Allende always delivers. This time it’s with an enchanting historical fiction about Chile.”
“A master storyteller.”
-San Francisco Chronicle
“Allende is a genius.”
-Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Possesses the eyes, ears, mind, heart and pluck to manufacture generous and feisty fiction.”
“Surely one of the most graceful and yet haunting writers alive.”
-St. Louis Post-Dispatch