Isabel Allende is an internationally celebrated writer of novels,
stories, plays, young adult fiction, articles, “recipes, and
aphrodisiacs.” One of the best known Latin-American women writers, she
has authored eighteen books, including the The House of Spirits, The Sum
of Our Days, and the forthcoming La Isla Bajo el Mar (The Island Beneath
the Sea). Her books have been translated to more than 27 languages and
are regularly honored in Europe, Latin America, and America. In 2004 she
was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Like many of her fictional characters, Isabel Allende has spent her
life traveling to and living in many places. Born to diplomat parents in
Lima, when not in her Chilean homeland she lived in Europe, Lebanon, and
Bolivia. Following the 1973 overthrow of Salvador Allende, Chile’s
president and Isabel’s uncle, she lived in exile in Caracas for thirteen
years. Since 1987, when she met and married San Francisco lawyer William
Gordon, she has lived and worked in Northern California.