ISBN 9780007482870,Maya's Notebook

Maya's Notebook


Fourth Estate



Fourth Estate

Publication Year 2013

ISBN 9780007482870

ISBN-10 0007482876


Edition 4th
Number of Pages 400 Pages
Language (English)


The narrator and protagonist of 'Maya's Notebook' is a 19 year-old-girl who grows up in Berkeley, California, and Tfalls into a life of drug addiction and crime. To rescue Maya, and save her from the criminal types pursuing her, Maya's Chilean grandmother sends her to a remote island off the southern coast of Chile. Here she lives among a traditional rural people, the Chilote, who speak an older form of Spanish and have remained largely isolated from the materialism, crime, and fast-paced contemporary life which is our own. The book alternates between the narrative in the US and that on Chiloe, the island, with the two strands of the story unfolding at the same time. This new book is very different from Isabel's previous historical novels: a contemporary setting; an American (of Latino descent) teenage drug addict as the protagonist and narrating voice; a realistic style of writing rather than a magical realistic one (Chiloe exists, and one can visit it). Maya's voice is modeled on that of Isabel's teenage granddaughter, a native of the Bay area (San Francisco, Berkeley). About the Author Isabel Allende was born in 1942, and is the niece of Salvador Allende, who went on to become famous as the elected President of Chile deposed in a CIA-backed coup. Her first novel for adults, 'The House of the Spirits', was published in Spanish in 1982, beginning life as a letter to her dying grandfather. It was an international sensation, and ever since all her books have been acclaimed and adored in numberless translations worldwide. This is Isabel Allende at her best, telling the story of a strong, independent young woman who wants to control her destiny.