Portrait in Sepia

Portrait in Sepia

A Novel

Book - 2006
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Aurora del Valle, raised in the privileged class of Chile by her overwhelming grandmother, is tormented by nightmares and half-memories of events that occurred when she was a child in San Francisco's Chinatown. When she becomes disillusioned with her marriage, Aurora sets out to rediscover her missing memories.
Publisher: New York :, Harper Perennial,, 2006.
Edition: First Harper Perennial edition.
ISBN: 9780060898489
0060898488
Branch Call Number: FIC ALLE
Characteristics: 304, 18 pages : genealogical table ; 21 cm

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Aggie3 Sep 12, 2013

It took a while for me to get comfortable reading this book. The first chapter was a little confusing, I felt as though I have started reading in the middle of the novel. After you get acquainted with who is who it goes smoothly and turns into a pleasant read. Rocky beginning, good middle, satisfying end. Worth reading.

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kalio
Mar 26, 2010

Set in nineteenth century Chile and San Francisco, Portrait in Sepia introduces Aurora del Valle, granddaughter of Eliza Sommers, who, in author Isabel Allende?s previous novel Daughter of Fortune, ran away from her adopted family in Chile to follow her handsome young lover to the Californian Gold Rush. Eliza found happiness and independence instead with Chinese healer Tao Chi?en; now her granddaughter is looking for some of the same. Aurora unfolds the story of her life, from her birth when her beautiful mother Lynn died, to her adoption by her redoubtable paternal grandmother Paulina, to her hastily-arranged marriage to the black sheep of a wealthy South American family. There?s also the love triangle between Aurora?s mother, her opium-addict father Matias del Valle, and Matias? passionately devoted cousin Severo. In fact, the del Valle family is filled with eccentric and charismatic members, and they all play a part in Aurora?s life. Spanning nearly fifty years of American and Chilean history between 1862 and 1910, this is epic, historical storytelling at its finest. The fact that Portrait in Sepia has deep ties to Allende?s other stories makes the novel?s intricate layers all the more compelling.

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