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Isabel Allende is the author of "The House of the Spirits, Of Love and Shadows, The Infinite Plan, Aphrodite, Daughter of Fortune, " and the memoir "Paula." Her latest novel is "Portrait in Sepia." She lives in Northern California.


The eponymous heroine of Eva Luna returns as the narrator of 23 tales, sumptuous marriages of Chilean writer Allende's earthy characters and her celestial version of magical realism. Although other figures from that novel also reappear (for example, Eva Luna spins her stories at the request of her lover Rolf Carle), this collection is in no sense a sequel: indeed, each piece here can stand alone. Allende's people are warm-blooded, original, memorable. A simple lyricism evokes European emigres to South America; social climbers; outlaws; schoolteachers; Indians; a nearly indefatigable imagination explores the critical moments in these figures' lives. Many of the stories build on the intricate attachments of unlikely lovers, such as a dictator and the foreign woman he abducts or a criminal and a judge's wife. Allende's inventiveness justifies her own comparisons of her literary creation to Scheherazade, and throughout all these short works whispers the mysticism of Eva Luna herself--her well-placed faith in a world of spirits and in the immortality of human love. (Jan.)

Born in Chile but now living in Northern California, Allende is the first female Latin American novelist to become well-known to the American reading public. Her novels-- The House of the Spirits ( LJ 4/15/85), Of Love and Shadows ( LJ 5/1/87), and Eva Luna ( LJ 10/15/88)--are frequently compared to those of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The title character of the third book narrates the 24 stories in this collection, which, though scattered with familiar names, places, and images, is an independent work, not a sequel. Allende employs the techniques of Latin American magical realism to create a vivid world full of humor, passion, pathos, and color. Highly recommended. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/90.-- Mary Margaret Benson, Linfield Coll . Lib., McMinnville, Ore.

San Francisco Chronicle Allende again shows her brilliance as a storyteller...[who] grips us from first sentence to last.
Chicago Sun-Times Instantly seductive, richly sensual, and unabashedly romantic.
Sarah Sheard The Toronto Star The fabulous scale of narrative, the characters as darkly pungent as coffee tinged with blood, charge her stories with a physicality and power that will leave the readers checking for bruises on their thighs.
San Francisco Chronicle An extraordinary fictional potion.
The San Diego Union Isabel Allende always revives one's faith in the intoxicating power of sheer old-fashioned storytelling.
The Wall Street Journal Gratifyingly ambitious...truly captivating...There is a richness in this book -- and it is, in its finest moments, a richness not only of language but of life.
The Orlando Sentinel Full of grace and and revenge...enchanting...One could go on reading her stories forever.
Leigh Allison Wilson The Washington Post Allende is a real talent, an amazingly prolific one. In her stories there are palpable life and death risks, the risks of passionate love, the risks of passionate belief, of convictions and honor.
Gillian Steward The Calgary Herald The stories are like opulent parables...I, for one, sense I will be going back to this book again and again just to be with them.
Jane Urquhart Quill & Quire What is most admirable about this collection is Allende's ability to portray a world in which the ordinary and the miraculous, the natural and the supernatural, the political and the particular not only co-exist but actually affect one another.

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