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Maya's notebook : a novel

by Allende, Isabel,

Format: Print Book 2013
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Summary

A startling novel of suspense and resilience from New York Times bestselling author of The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende.

Neglected by her parents, nineteen-year-old Maya Vidal grew up in a rambling old house in Berkeley with her grandparents. Her grandmother, Nidia, affectionately known as Nini, is a force of nature--a woman whose formidable strength helped her build a new life after she emigrated from Chile in 1973. Popo, Maya's grandfather, is an African American astronomer and professor--a gentle man whose solid, comforting presence helps calm the turbulence of Maya's adolescence. When Popo dies of cancer, Maya loses the only grounding force in her life. She turns to drugs, alcohol, and petty crime, eventually bottoming out in Las Vegas. Lost in a dangerous underworld, she is caught in the crosshairs of warring forces--a gang of assassins, the police, the FBI, and Interpol. Her one chance for survival is Nini, who helps her escape to a remote island off the coast of Chile. Here, Maya tries to make sense of the past, unravels mysterious truths about life and her family, and embarks on her greatest adventure: a journey of self-discovery and forgiveness.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Internationally revered for her truth-seeking historical fiction, Allende takes on the present with equal bewitchment and intensity. As Maya's grandmother, Nidia, sends her into protective custody on Chiloe, an island off Chile's southern coast, she hands her a notebook in which this imperiled and irascible 19-year-old records her wrenching story. Fair and tall, Maya does not resemble her Chilean side, neither her absentee pilot father nor tough-love Berkeley activist Nidia, but, rather, her Danish flight-attendant mother, who left her newborn with her in-laws. To further complicate matters, Maya's guiding light was her grandfather, Nidia's second husband, a wise and loving African American astronomer. It is his death that precipitates the voyage to the underworld of addiction, crime, and homelessness that nearly kills her. Maya alternates between recounting her past and reporting on her gradual acclimation to Chiloe, a microcosm of Chile's cultural and spiritual splendor and traumatic and tragic history. Every character is enthralling, including Manuel, the all-but-monastic anthropologist and political exile who takes Maya in; Freddy, the young junkie Maya meets in Las Vegas; and the good witches, who restore her sense of worth. This is a boldly plotted, sharply funny, and purposefully bone-shaking novel of sexual violence, political terror, collective shame, and dark family secrets, all transcended by courage and love. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: This explosive novel, supported by a national tour and a major media campaign, will bring in readers new to Allende as well as the fans who make her a best-selling literary star.--Seaman, Donna Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Allende (The House of the Spirits) moves away from her usual magical realist historical fiction into a contemporary setting, and the result is a chaotic hodgepodge. The story, told through 19-year-old Maya Vidal's journals, alternates between Maya's dismal past and uncertain present, which finds her in hiding on an isolated island off Chile's coast, where her grandmother, Nidia, has taken her. Maya's diary relates a journey into self-destruction that begins, after her beloved step-grandfather Popi's death, with dangerous forays into sex, drugs, and delinquency, but ends up in a darkly cartoonish crime caper, as she becomes involved with gangsters in Las Vegas. Maya describes her present surroundings, meanwhile, with a bland detachment that would be more believable coming from an anthropologist than a teenager. Allende's trademark passion for Chile is as strong as ever, and her clever writing lends buoyancy to the narrative's deadweight, but this novel is unlikely to entrance fans old or new. Agent: Carmen Balcells, Carmen Balcells Agency. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Young women -- Fiction.
Diaries -- Authorship -- Fiction.
Broken homes -- Fiction.
Drug addiction -- Fiction.
Self-realization in women -- Fiction.
Grief -- Fiction.
Chiloé (Chile) -- Fiction.
Diary fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :2013
Edition First edition.
Other Titles Cuaderno de Maya.
Contributors McLean, Anne, 1962- translator.
Language English
Description 387 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780062105622 (hardcover)
0062105620 (hardcover)
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