The Sum of Our Days by Isabel Allende
A Memoir (P.S.)

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In this heartfelt memoir, Isabel Allende reconstructs the painful reality of her own life in the wake of tragic loss—the death of her daughter, Paula. Recalling the past thirteen years from the daily letters the author and her mother, who lives in Chile, wrote to each other, Allende bares her soul in a book that is as exuberant and full of life as its creator. She recounts the stories of the wildly eccentric, strong-minded, and eclectic tribe she gathers around her that becomes a new kind of family.

Throughout, Allende shares her thoughts on love, marriage, motherhood, spirituality and religion, infidelity, addiction, and memory. Here, too, are the amazing stories behind Allende’s books, the superstitions that guide her writing process, and her adventurous travels. Ultimately, The Sum of Our Days offers a unique tour of this gifted writer’s inner world and of the relationships that have become essential to her life and her work.

Narrated with warmth, humor, exceptional candor, and wisdom, The Sum of Our Days is a portrait of a contemporary family, bound together by the love, fierce loyalty, and stubborn determination of a beloved, indomitable matriarch.

 

About Isabel Allende

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Isabel Allende is the author of nine novels, translated into more than twenty-seven languages, including the New York Times bestsellers InÉs of My Soul, Portrait in Sepia, and Daughter of Fortune. In 2004 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Born in Peru and raised in Chile, she lives in California. hr Nacida en PerÚ y criada en Chile, Isabel Allende es la autora de nueve novelas incluyendo mÁs recientemente Zorro, Retrato en Sepia, Hija de la Fortuna e InÉs del Alma MÍa. TambiÉn ha escrito cuentos cortos, tres libros autobiogrÁficos incluyendo Mi PaÍs Inventado y Paula, y una trilogÍa de libros para jÓvenes. Sus libros han sido traducidos a mÁs de 27 idiomas y son bestsellers a travÉs del mundo entero. En 2004, fue nombrada a la Academia de Artes y Letras de los Estados Unidos. Vive en California.
 
Published April 1, 2014 by Harper. 336 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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We also learn of the author’s turbulent but loving relationship with her contrarian, hotheaded daughter-in-law, who fractured the family by leaving Allende’s son Nico for the woman engaged to Willie’s stepson.

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The Sum of Our Days by Isabel Allende 4th Estate £17.99, pp301 'There's nothing as boring as listening to other people's dreams,' says Isabel Allende, mock-apologising for relating one of her own.

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The Sum of Our Days by Isabel Allende Find this on the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop It's unfortunate that a memoir driven by a ferocious belief i...

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Book Reporter

"It's hard for me to let go of people," Isabel Allende said of her deceased daughter Paula.

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Entertainment Weekly

So much life happens to Isabel Allende.

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The Bookbag

If all of this wasn't enough, Allende takes her mother on a hunt for pornography in San Francisco's bookshops and sets out to find a new girlfriend for her son, during which adventure Allende acknowledges that she is a mother-in-law to be reckoned with.

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Reading Isabel Allende?s newest memoir is like showing up at a party of someone else?s relatives and settling into the thoroughly engaging company of the family matriarch.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Acclaimed Chilean-Californian writer Isabel Allende’s new memoir picks up where Paula (1995), her moving tribute to her beloved, dying daughter, left off.

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