Monday, June 23, 2008

The Sum of Our Days by Isabel Allende

This fantastic memoir gives us insight into this tremendously gifted writer's personal and family life. If you've read Allende's memoir, Paula, then you know the heartbreaking story of her daughter's agonizing death.

This newest memoir brings together the fascinating characters that make up her extended family. A daughter-in-law who not only realizes she's gay but has an affair with Isabel's stepson's fiancee, a drug-addicted stepdaughter who one day disappears never to be found, grandchildren who inherit their aunt's disease and an enormous amount of chaos.

This book, on one hand, makes you appreciate your family but on the other hand, makes you want to be a part of this crazy tribe. A great read!

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