Maria's Pick: "Violeta" by Isabel Allende
I have always been a fan of Chilean American author, Isabelle Allende, whose epic novels bring to life historical and political events of both South and North America and their impact on people who lived through them.
Her latest novel is no exception. Violeta’s story begins with her birth in 1920, just as the Spanish Flu hits her country and ends 100 years later as the world faces another pandemic. From wealth and poverty, beautiful extended family relationships, the generational devastation of an abusive partner, the women’s movement, a successful business, and political upheaval, Violeta lays out the details of her life in the form of letters to her grandson, Camilo.
I highly recommend this beautifully written novel and if you like it, there is plenty more to explore from this prolific writer.