Maya's Notebook

Maya's Notebook

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By (author) Isabel Allende, Translated by Anne McLean

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  • Publisher: AVON BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 558 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 229mm x 33mm | 612g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0062253778
  • ISBN 13: 9780062253774
  • Edition: Large type / large print
  • Edition statement: large type edition
  • Sales rank: 1,259,571

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Neglected by her parents, nineteen-year-old Maya Nidal grows up in a rambling old house in Berkeley with her grandparents. Her grandmother, Nidia, affectionately known as Nini, is a force of nature--a woman whose formidable strength helped her build a new life after emigrating from Chile in 1973. Popo, Maya's grandfather, is an African American astronomer and professor--a gentle man whose solid, comforting presence helps calm the turbulence of Maya's adolescence.When Popo dies of cancer, Maya goes completely off the rails. With her girlfriends Maya turns to drugs, alcohol, and petty crime, eventually bottoming out in Las Vegas. Lost in a dangerous underworld, she is caught in the crosshairs of warring forces--a gang of assassins, the police, the FBI, and Interpol. Her one chance for survival is Nini, who helps her escape to a -remote island off the coast of Chile. Here Maya tries to make sense of the past, unravels mysterious truths about life and her family, and embarks on her greatest adventure: the journey into her own soul.

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"Gripping...Allende retains the storytelling magic that is her signature, while deftly juxtaposing the alternating universes of the past-including Chile's dark history of political terror-and present...A tale of a girl's journey toward self-discovery, of the fierce power of truth, and of the healing force of love."--Jane Ciabattari, O magazine