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Staff Pick of the Week: The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende


We continue to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with this week’s staff pick The House of the Spirits by Chilean-American author Isabel Allende. Spanning three generations, this debut novel from the best selling author tells the story of the Trueba family and the personal and political upheaval they face in Chile. An absorbing novel that covers family, love, politics and class struggles, this is one classic you’ll want to add to your list.

“The House of the Spirits brings to life the triumphs and tragedies of three generations of the Trueba family. The patriarch Esteban is a volatile, proud man whose voracious pursuit of political power is tempered only by his love for his delicate wife, Clara, a woman with a mystical connection to the spirit world. When their daughter Blanca embarks on a forbidden love affair in defiance of her implacable father, the result is an unexpected gift to Esteban: his adored granddaughter Alba, a beautiful and strong-willed child who will lead her family and her country into a revolutionary future.

One of the most important novels of the twentieth century, The House of the Spirits is an enthralling epic that spans decades and lives, weaving the personal and the political into a universal story of love, magic, and fate.” —Amazon

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