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Portrait in Sepia (Paperback)

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In nineteenth-century Chile, Aurora del Valle suffers a brutal trauma that erases all recollections of the first five years of her life. Raised by her regal and ambitious grandmother Paulina del Valle, Aurora grows up in a privileged environment but is tormented by horrible nightmares. When she is forced to recognize her betrayal at the hands of the man she loves, and to cope with the resulting solitude, she explores the mystery of her past.

About the Author

Born in Peru and raised in Chile, Isabel Allende is the author of a number of bestselling and critically acclaimed books, including "The House of the Spirits", "Eva Luna, Stories of Eva Luna, ""Of Love and Shadows, "and "Paula". Her latest novel is "The Japanese Lover". Her books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages and have sold more than 65 million copies worldwide. She lives in California. Her website is

Margaret Sayers Peden is a distinguished critic and translator of Latin American literature.

Praise For…

"Rich and complex ... Allende exercises her supreme storytelling abilities ... a grand installment in an already impressive repertoire."
-Publishers Weekly (* Starred Review *)

"Complex, intriguing, ambitious … it's Allende's remarkable flair for character that makes it all come alive."

“Portrait in Sepia is rich with color and emotion and packed with intriguing characters.”
-San Francisco Chronicle

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060898489
ISBN-10: 0060898488
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2006
Pages: 304
Language: English