The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
On January 8, 1981, while living in exile in Venezuela, Isabel Allende received a phone call telling her that her grandfather was dying. She began writing a letter to him, which gradually morphed into a fictionalized account of the tumultuous recent history of her native country Chile.
"In 1981, in Caracas, I put a sheet of paper in my type- writer and w…
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