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    A Long Petal of the Sea: A Novel Cover Image
    By Isabel Allende, Nick Caistor (Translated by), Amanda Hopkinson (Translated by)
    $28.00
    ISBN: 9781984820150
    Availability: On Our Shelves Now
    Published: Ballantine Books - January 21st, 2020

    In August 1939 Pablo Neruda organized a refugee ship, the Winnipeg, to transport over 2000 Spanish refugees to Chile. Allende’s new novel, inspired by this littleknown event, should strike a chord in our current unwelcoming world. Its main character, Victor Dalmau, is a medic on the Republican side during the Spanish Civil War until, knowing that only brutality will follow Franco, he flees to France, desperate to find his dead brother’s fiancee and child. His plan to convince Roser to marry him so she and the child can join him on the Winnepeg works. We follow their lives as they build a community, pursue careers, and search for their own identities in their adopted country. However when another dictator, Pinochet, shows up, the Dalmau family must once again consider their political views in a dangerous world. Full of contrasts—dictators and freedom, leaving and belonging, fear and hope—Allende’s novel is possessed of perfect timing, and her prodigious talent radiates throughout. – Margaret Brennan Neville, Random, $28


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