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The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende

From internationally bestselling author Isabel Allende comes an exquisitely crafted love story and multigenerational epic that sweeps from present-day San Francisco to Poland and the United States during WWII. In 1939, as Poland falls under the shadow of the Nazis and the world goes to war, young Alma Belasco's parents send her away to live in safety with an aunt and uncle in their opulent mansion in San Francisco. There she meets Ichimei Fukuda, the son of the family's Japanese gardener, and between them a tender love blossoms.

Following Pearl Harbor, the two are cruelly pulled apart when Ichimei and his family - like thousands of Japanese Americans - are declared enemies by the US government and relocated to internment camps. Throughout their lifetimes, Alma and Ichimei reunite again and again, but theirs is a love they are forever forced to hide from the world. Decades later, Alma is nearing the end of her long and eventful life.

Irina Bazili, a care worker struggling to come to terms with her own troubled past, meets the older woman and her grandson, Seth, at Lark House nursing home. As Irina and Seth forge a friendship, they become intrigued by a series of mysterious gifts and letters sent to Alma, and learn about Ichimei and this extraordinary secret passion that has endured for nearly seventy years.

Meet the Author Isabel Allende

Chilean author Isabel Allende won worldwide acclaim when her bestselling first novel, The House of the Spirits, was published in 1982. In addition to launching Allende’s career as a renowned author, the book, which grew out of a farewell letter to her dying grandfather, also established her as a feminist force in Latin America’s male-dominated literary world.

She has since written nearly 20 more works, including Of Love and Shadows, Eva Luna, Stories of Eva Luna, The Infinite Plan, Daughter of Fortune, Portrait in Sepia, Ines of My Soul, Island Beneath the Sea, Maya’s Notebook and her latest novel, The Japanese Lover. Books of non-fiction include Aphrodite, a humorous collection of recipes and essays, and three memoirs: My Invented Country, Paula(a bestseller that documents Allende’s daughter’s illness and death, as well as her own life), and The Sum of Our Days. Allende’s books, all written in her native Spanish, have been translated into more than 35 languages and have sold more than 65 million copies. Her works both entertain and educate readers by weaving intriguing stories with significant historical events. 

In addition to her work as a writer, Allende also devotes much of her time to human rights. Following the death of her daughter in 1992, she established in Paula’s honour a charitable foundation dedicated to the protection and empowerment of women and children worldwide. Since 1987, Allende has made her home in California, though as she says, she lives with one foot in California and one foot in Chile.

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