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Island Beneath the Sea: A Novel (P.S.)
by Isabel Allende

Published: 2010-04-10
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“Allende is a master storyteller at the peak of her powers.”
— Los Angeles Times

From the sugar plantations of Saint-Domingue to the lavish parlors of New Orleans at the turn of the 19th century, the latest novel from New York Times bestselling author Isabel Allende (Inés of My ...

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“Allende is a master storyteller at the peak of her powers.”
Los Angeles Times

From the sugar plantations of Saint-Domingue to the lavish parlors of New Orleans at the turn of the 19th century, the latest novel from New York Times bestselling author Isabel Allende (Inés of My Soul, The House of the Spirits, Portrait in Sepia) tells the story of a mulatta woman, a slave and concubine, determined to take control of her own destiny.

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Should Tete have told her son that she is his birth mother?
Is freedom worth it, no matter the cost?
Define what makes us family? Is it blood or bond?
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by horne_sidney (see profile) 01/08/19

 
  "Tale of struggle and loss to gain one's freedom"by SKLipp$ (see profile) 07/10/18

I've read countless books on the perils of slavery, but none quiet as beautifully written as this. There is nothing subtle about this book. It's not a page turner, but stick with it, I promise it is... (read more)

 
  "Beautifully written, compelling characters"by kespineira (see profile) 09/22/11

Our book club had a lively discussion of this multi-layered book. There is so much to ponder regarding slavery, the broad swaths of history that Allende covered, characters, etc. Great material for book... (read more)

 
  "Island Beneath the Sea"by llcravens (see profile) 09/15/11

A compelling novel about the slave trade extending beyond this country's borders. Allende paints a vivid picture of the suffering endured by slaves and the complex social hierarchy that resulted with... (read more)

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