The Stories of Eva Luna

By Isabel Allende

From the New York Times bestselling writer of The jap Lover and the most cherished writers of our time, an intoxicating choice of brief tales approximately love, compassion, irony, revenge, and feminine power.

Eva Luna is a tender girl whose powers as a storyteller deliver her friendship and love. mendacity in mattress along with her eu lover, refugee and journalist Rolf Carlé, Eva solutions his request for a narrative “you have by no means advised somebody earlier than” with those twenty-three samples of her bright artistry. Interweaving the true and the mystical, she explores love, vengeance, compassion, and the strengths of ladies, making a international that's instantly poignantly generic and intriguingly new.

Rendered in her sumptuously imagined, uniquely magical type, The tales of Eva Luna is the cornerstone of Allende’s paintings. This treasure trove of brilliantly crafted tales is an excellent instance of a author operating on the top of her powers.

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