Violeta by Isabel Allende
Updated: Jan 30
This epic South American tale spans a century of life, love, and loss.
Isabel Allende is one of my favorite authors, I think I've read every single one of her books, and I will always pick up one of her books. I've been really lucky that for her last couple of books that I have received early access to provide a review.
Allende is a Chilean author and many of her recent works incorporate the Pinochet dictatorship in some aspect. It seems as though in her older age, Allende is attempting to reconcile events that touched her and her loved ones lives so closely. It's resulted in some of her most personal works and Violeta lands among those works.
The book traces the life of Violeta from her birth in 1920 through her death in 2020 through a journal that goes to her grandson. You are immediately immersed into the lives of the family from their depths of poverty to immense highs. It is both intensely personal and beautifully written. It is so easy to get lost in the lyrical writing of Allende and Violeta is worth picking up after its upcoming release.
Thank you to NetGalley and Ballantine for the early access in exchange for my honest review.
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