In The Sum of Our Days, internationally acclaimed author Isabel Allende reconstructs the painful reality of her own life in the wake of the tragic death of her daughter, Paula. Narrated with warmth, humor, exceptional candor, and wisdom, this remarkable memoir is as exuberant and full of life as its creator.Read more...
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In The Sum of Our Days, internationally acclaimed author Isabel Allende reconstructs the painful reality of her own life in the wake of the tragic death of her daughter, Paula. Narrated with warmth, humor, exceptional candor, and wisdom, this remarkable memoir is as exuberant and full of life as its creator. Allende bares her soul as she shares her thoughts on love, marriage, motherhood, spirituality and religion, infidelity, addiction, and memory--and recounts stories of the wildly eccentric, strong-minded, and eclectic tribe she gathers around her and lovingly embraces as a new kind of family.
The Sum of Our Days
In her fourth work of nonfiction, the celebrated Chilean author offers another poignant meditation on love, loss and grief. Still haunted by the death of her daughtera tragedy that occurred in 1992, providing the basis for her best-selling memoir PaulaAllende now looks back at the years that have passed since that heartbreaking event. Taking the measure of her life and finding much to savor despite Paula's death, she covers varied territory in this brisk autobiography. Allende examines topics like marriage, religion, drug abuse and her eventful career as a journalist and fiction writer, and she brings a special compassion to her recounting. She peppers the narrative with hard-won insights, and at times it's clear that she's writing from a place marked by incredible pain. Yet ever-present elements of warmth and humor keep the tone of the book balanced. No one can match Allende when it comes to writing about the sustaining presence of family, the evolving nature of grief or the redemption that can, at times, follow tragedy. From these subjects she has crafted a wise and generous narrative with much to offer readers. This is vintage Allende, a big-hearted book full of spirit, spice and wit.