Maya's Notebook

Maya's Notebook

By (author) Isabel Allende

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From the author of 'The House of Spirits' - teenage Maya is in trouble. She's an alcoholic, an addict and deeply involved with a criminal gang. How did it all go so wrong? Abandoned by her parents as a baby, Maya has been brought up by her tough grandmother Nini and her gentle grandfather Popo. At school though, teenage Maya finds herself drawn towards the wrong crowd. Before she knows what's happened, Maya's life has turned into one of drug addiction and crime. Things go from bad to worse as Maya disappears into the criminal underworld. To save her from her old associates, Nini sends Maya to a remote island off the coast of Chile. Here she lives among a traditional rural people, the Chilote, who have remained untouched by the materialism of the modern world. Basking in the warmth of the Chiloe community, Maya feels compelled to write her story and slowly she begins to heal. But can she move beyond her pain, find forgiveness and learn to live with the scars of the past?

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  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 36mm | 579.99g
  • 01 May 2013
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • FOURTH ESTATE LTD
  • London
  • English
  • Trade Paperback.
  • 0007482876
  • 9780007482870
  • 33,555

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Born in Peru and raised in Chile, Isabel Allende is the author of eighteen books, including Ines of My Soul, Daughter of Fortune, and Portrait in Sepia. She has also written a collection of stories, four memoirs, and a trilogy of children's novels. Her books have been translated into more than twenty-seven languages and have become bestsellers across four continents. In 2004 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Isabel Allende lives in California.

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Praise for Maya's Notebook: 'Another impressive feat with a dazzling cast and bold array of landscapes, woven together with the storytelling prowess that is Allende's trademark.' Daily Telegraph, 4 stars 'Isabel Allende is a mistress storyteller... [her] capacity to surprise keeps her readers page-turning, as do her descriptions of character and place' Independent 'Maya is the lightest of narrative guises: wise beyond her 19 years but convincingly coltish.' Guardian 'An exciting read, well paced.' Daily Express

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