Portrait in Sepia

Portrait in Sepia

A Novel

Book - 2010
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"Portrait in Sepia is the best book Allende has published in the United States since her first novel of nearly two decades ago, The House of the Spirits."
--Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World

"Portrait in Sepia tightens the weave of a multigenerational fantasy as complete and inspiring as the real world it parallels ... Allende's enchanting historical universe keeps expanding and Portrait in Sepia is a new galactic jewel."
--Chicago Tribune

A richly imagined historical novel about memory and family secrets from the New York Times bestselling author of Island Beneath the Sea, In#65533;s of My Soul, Daughter of Fortune, Zorro, and House of the Spirits.

Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2010, c2001
Edition: First Harper Perennial Modern Classics deluxe edition
ISBN: 9780061991530
Branch Call Number: FIC Alle
Characteristics: 304 p
Additional Contributors: Peden, Margaret Sayers


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Aggie3 Sep 12, 2013

It took a while for me to get comfortable reading this book. The first chapter was a little confusing, I felt as though I have started reading in the middle of the novel. After you get acquainted with who is who it goes smoothly and turns into a pleasant read. Rocky beginning, good middle, satisfying end. Worth reading.

Mar 26, 2010

Set in nineteenth century Chile and San Francisco, Portrait in Sepia introduces Aurora del Valle, granddaughter of Eliza Sommers, who, in author Isabel Allende?s previous novel Daughter of Fortune, ran away from her adopted family in Chile to follow her handsome young lover to the Californian Gold Rush. Eliza found happiness and independence instead with Chinese healer Tao Chi?en; now her granddaughter is looking for some of the same. Aurora unfolds the story of her life, from her birth when her beautiful mother Lynn died, to her adoption by her redoubtable paternal grandmother Paulina, to her hastily-arranged marriage to the black sheep of a wealthy South American family. There?s also the love triangle between Aurora?s mother, her opium-addict father Matias del Valle, and Matias? passionately devoted cousin Severo. In fact, the del Valle family is filled with eccentric and charismatic members, and they all play a part in Aurora?s life. Spanning nearly fifty years of American and Chilean history between 1862 and 1910, this is epic, historical storytelling at its finest. The fact that Portrait in Sepia has deep ties to Allende?s other stories makes the novel?s intricate layers all the more compelling.

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