We are honored and excited to host Isabel Allende this coming Monday, November 16 at 7PM, in conversation with Austin author Antonio Ruiz-Camacho. Allende’s books, all written in her native Spanish, have been translated into more than 35 languages and have sold more than 65 million copies. Many of them are magic-realist family sagas that entertain and educate readers by telling intriguing stories with an attention to historical detail.
Allende will join us with her new book, The Japanese Lover, an epic that spans time, generations and continents.
The Japanese Lover begins in a lush and eccentric retirement community in San Francisco. Walking its halls is the beautiful Irina Bazili, a young care worker who’s trying to make sense of a troubled past. Her mind is soon captivated by her new patient, Alma Belasco, a woman of refinement and secrets. As Irina spends more and more time with her, she becomes intrigued by a series of mysterious gifts and letters sent to Alma. What she’s stumbled on is an extraordinary secret passion that has endured for nearly seventy years in spite of war and prejudice.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
“Past and present collide in Allende’s new novel. Alma Belasco flees the Nazi incursion in Poland and is raised in her aunt and uncle’s home in San Francisco. Alma and Ichimei Fukuda, the gardener’s son, have an instant connection but are separated when he is sent to a Japanese internment camp. Years later, while fleeing her own past, Irina Bazili begins work at Alma’s retirement home and finds herself caught up in the intrigue and delicate mystery that is Alma’s great love. Once again, Allende’s unique ability to bring forth light from the darkest recesses of humanity highlights the strength and courage it takes to live — and love.” — Anna Eklund, University Book Store, Seattle, WA
“Allende’s magical and sweeping tale focuses on two survivors of separation and loss…Befitting the unapologetically romantic soul bared here–the poignant letters to Alma from Ichimei are interspersed throughout–love is what endures.”– Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Allende, as always, gives progress and hopeful spirits their due.”– Kirkus
“Themes of lasting passion, friendship, reflections in old age, and how people react to challenging circumstances all feature in Allende’s newest saga, which moves from modern San Francisco back to the traumatic WWII years. As always, her lively storytelling pulls readers into her characters’ lives immediately… the story has many heart felt moments, and readers will be lining up for it.”– Booklist
MORE ON ISABEL ALLENDE
Born in Peru and raised in Chile, Isabel Allende is the author of a number of bestselling and critically acclaimed books, including The House of the Spirits, Eva Luna, Of Love and Shadows, and Paula. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the recipient of the 2014 Presidential Medal of Freedom. She lives in California.
ABOUT ANTONIO RUIZ-COMACHO
Antonio Ruiz-Camacho has worked as a journalist in Mexico, Europe, and the United States. A 2009 John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University and a 2014 Dobie Paisano Fellow in Fiction, Ruiz-Camacho earned his MFA from the New Writers Project at the University of Texas at Austin. He is from Toluca, Mexico, and lives in Austin, Texas, with his family.
“What people lose defines how they live their lives and this vibrant collection of stories illustrates this point with a literary verve that is electrifying! When the patriarch of a rich and thriving Mexican family is kidnapped, the family scatters across the world to save themselves. Ruiz-Camacho focuses on the lives of the rich and privileged in Mexican society, so used to servants and having things done for them that when the Arteaga family is left to its own devices, they have difficulty coping. This is a very entertaining and moving collection of interwoven stories highlighting the profound talent of a new author. Thought-provoking and memorable.” — Raul Chapa, Book People, Austin, TX
We hope you will join us Monday night! Tickets are on sale now an available in-store and online.