Variation #3357 of A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende


Sometimes fleeing is the only way to freedom. But leaving isn’t the most difficult part—it is returning that proves most heart-wrenching. A new and passionate historical novel from bestselling author Isabel Allende.

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In the midst of the Spanish Civil War, the young Víctor Dalmau, a nurse on the front lines of the Republican side, along with Roser Bruguera, who is pregnant with Victor’s brother’s baby, are forced into exile and set off to cross the Pyrenees towards France.

Meanwhile, Pablo Neruda, the Chilean poet and consul in Paris, is in charge of organizing the transatlantic voyage that will take more than two thousand exiled Spaniards to Chile, aboard the French steamer SS Winnipeg. Víctor, Roser and her newborn son are among the passengers who embark on the trip to the Andean country in search of peace and freedom. They arrive in Valparaíso, are hailed as heroes by the Chileans, and discover the country that was once defined by Neruda as “a long petal of sea and wine and snow.”

Variation #3357 of A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende