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The Japanese Lover: A Novel by [Allende, Isabel]
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"Allende is a talented writer who deftly uses the techniques of magical realism but also shows great sensitivity in the delineation of character.” (Library Journal)

"The Japanese Lover is animated by the same lush spirit that has sold 65 million copies of her books around the world... a novel that’s a pleasure to recommend." (The Washington Post)

"Poignant, powerful ...a timeless world without 'tomorrow or yesterday.'" (Boston Globe)

"Monumental...A multi-generational epic of fate, war, and enduring love." (Harper's Bazaar)

"[A] fairy tale of a novel...As in all of Allende's fiction, we find a large, colorful cast of characters..." (New York Times Book Review)

“[Allende] is a dazzling storyteller, with a wry, sometimes dark, wit and a great eye for society's changing fashions. She may be writing a fairy tale for adults, but like the best of the genre, it's almost irresistible.” (Associated Press)

"Like the incomparable storyteller she is, Isabel Allende does not release us from the novel's spell until the last pages, with a brief but bittersweet hint of her famed magical realism." (Miami Herald)

"[An] epic novel from a master of the form." (Elle)

“With The Japanese Lover, Allende reminds us that, while not everyone has a true love, we all have loves that are true. Whether they be passionate, familial, unrequited or timeless,the one constant in our lives is love. And Isabel Allende celebrates them all, beautifully.” (USA Today)

"Allende's engrossing narrative spans 70 years of tumultuous world history, but the powerful message you'll take away is that love -- all kinds of love -- will take root and endure under the most harrowing conditions." (People Magazine, Book of the Week)

“With her engaging new novel, “The Japanese Lover,” Allende brings us a tale at once global and rooted deeply in Bay Area history, sweeping through time and across continents to explore the inner lives of two very different women in contemporary California.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

“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)

"The Japanese Lover is a poetic and profound meditation on the power of love: a common theme, sure, but in Allende's capable hands this trope is made utterly new." (Bustle)

"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)

"Allende, as always, gives progress and hopeful spirits their due." (Kirkus)

"Isabel Allende's oeuvre ranges widely...but The Japanese Lover, her lushly detailed new work, may be her most expansive yet..." (Library Journal)

"Allende...delivers a poignant story of race and aging, loss and reconciliation." (San Jose Mercury News)

"[A] lovely, easy-to-read novel...Like a perfect onion, the book slowly reveals the secrets of Alma’s past, which primarily revolves around a secret, decades-long affair with a Japanese gardener." (Goop)

"The latest from the writer who's been called Gabriel Garcia Marquez's successor. It's a love story that covers a lot of ground, from Nazi-occupied Poland to present-day San Francisco. You won’t want to put it down." (theSkimm)

"...if you're a [Gabriel Garcia Marquez] fan, this one's for you." (Lauren Conrad's Top 10 Fall Reading List)

"...rich with lyrical prose and compelling plot turns. This is Allende at her very best." (Purewow.com)

"[Allende] is a dazzling storyteller, with a wry, sometimes dark, wit and a great eye for society's changing fashions. She may be writing a fairy tale for adults, but like the best of the genre, it's almost irresistible." (Times Union)

"TheJapanese Lover" erects two thematic pillars of love and prejudice toproduce a story that strikes a masterful emotional balance. More importantly,the novel crafts characters that are profoundly compelling in their complexstruggle to value love despite forces—youth and age, proximity and distance,society and self—beyond their control.” (Harvard Crimson)

“She is a dazzling storyteller,with a wry, sometimes dark, wit and a great eye for society’s changingfashions” (The National)

“Thespectre of the war and the illicit treatment of Japanese-Americans are neverlost on the reader, although Allende is too subtle a writer to do any realproselytizing. It is a beautiful and significant love story that she tells,although I was so much more interested in her than in Ichimei as a character.” (Book Reporter)

With end-of-life issues looming over Alma, “The Japanese Lover” can’t be called lighthearted. But it’s often wryly funny, and always an absorbing argument for the power of love. (St. Louis Post Dispatch)

"'Pretty brilliant,' I said once I closed the cover — literary fiction at its best.” (The Missourian)

Praise for New York Times Bestselling Author,
Isabel Allende


“Spectacular…An absorbing and distinguished work…The House of the Spirits with its all-informing, generous, and humane sensibility, is a unique achievement, both personal witness and possible allegory of the past, present, and future of Latin America.” (New York Times Book Review)

“An alluring, sometimes magical tale…In its tumultuous story of rebellion and love among three generations, it is an allegory in which any family should be able to recognize a bit of itself.” (The Wall Street Journal)

“Nothing short of astonishing… Isabel Allende has indeed shown us the relationships between past and present, family and nation, city and country, spiritual and political values. She has done so with enormous imagination, sensitivity, and compassion.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

  “The only cause The House of the Spirits embraces is that of humanity, and it does so with such passion, humor, and wisdom that in the end it transcends politics…The result is a novel of force and charm, spaciousness and vigor.” (The Washington Post)

“Compelling…A splendid and fantastic meditation on a people and a nation.” (Booklist)

Review

"The Japanese Lover is animated by the same lush spirit that has sold 65 million copies of her books around the world... a novel that’s a pleasure to recommend." (The Washington Post)

"Poignant, powerful ...a timeless world without 'tomorrow or yesterday.'" (Boston Globe)

"Monumental...A multi-generational epic of fate, war, and enduring love." (Harper's Bazaar)

"[A] fairy tale of a novel...As in all of Allende's fiction, we find a large, colorful cast of characters..." (New York Times Book Review)

“[Allende] is a dazzling storyteller, with a wry, sometimes dark, wit and a great eye for society's changing fashions. She may be writing a fairy tale for adults, but like the best of the genre, it's almost irresistible.” (Associated Press)

"Like the incomparable storyteller she is, Isabel Allende does not release us from the novel's spell until the last pages, with a brief but bittersweet hint of her famed magical realism." (Miami Herald)

"[An] epic novel from a master of the form." (Elle)

“With The Japanese Lover, Allende reminds us that, while not everyone has a true love, we all have loves that are true. Whether they be passionate, familial, unrequited or timeless,the one constant in our lives is love. And Isabel Allende celebrates them all, beautifully.” (USA Today)

"Allende's engrossing narrative spans 70 years of tumultuous world history, but the powerful message you'll take away is that love -- all kinds of love -- will take root and endure under the most harrowing conditions." (People Magazine, Book of the Week)

“With her engaging new novel, “The Japanese Lover,” Allende brings us a tale at once global and rooted deeply in Bay Area history, sweeping through time and across continents to explore the inner lives of two very different women in contemporary California.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

“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)

"The Japanese Lover is a poetic and profound meditation on the power of love: a common theme, sure, but in Allende's capable hands this trope is made utterly new." (Bustle)

"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)

"Allende, as always, gives progress and hopeful spirits their due." (Kirkus)

"Isabel Allende's oeuvre ranges widely...but The Japanese Lover, her lushly detailed new work, may be her most expansive yet..." (Library Journal)

"Allende...delivers a poignant story of race and aging, loss and reconciliation." (San Jose Mercury News)

"[A] lovely, easy-to-read novel...Like a perfect onion, the book slowly reveals the secrets of Alma’s past, which primarily revolves around a secret, decades-long affair with a Japanese gardener." (Goop)

"The latest from the writer who's been called Gabriel Garcia Marquez's successor. It's a love story that covers a lot of ground, from Nazi-occupied Poland to present-day San Francisco. You won’t want to put it down." (theSkimm)

"...if you're a [Gabriel Garcia Marquez] fan, this one's for you." (Lauren Conrad's Top 10 Fall Reading List)

"...rich with lyrical prose and compelling plot turns. This is Allende at her very best." (Purewow.com)

"[Allende] is a dazzling storyteller, with a wry, sometimes dark, wit and a great eye for society's changing fashions. She may be writing a fairy tale for adults, but like the best of the genre, it's almost irresistible." (Times Union)

"TheJapanese Lover" erects two thematic pillars of love and prejudice toproduce a story that strikes a masterful emotional balance. More importantly,the novel crafts characters that are profoundly compelling in their complexstruggle to value love despite forces—youth and age, proximity and distance,society and self—beyond their control.” (Harvard Crimson)

“She is a dazzling storyteller,with a wry, sometimes dark, wit and a great eye for society’s changingfashions” (The National)

“Thespectre of the war and the illicit treatment of Japanese-Americans are neverlost on the reader, although Allende is too subtle a writer to do any realproselytizing. It is a beautiful and significant love story that she tells,although I was so much more interested in her than in Ichimei as a character.” (Book Reporter)

With end-of-life issues looming over Alma, “The Japanese Lover” can’t be called lighthearted. But it’s often wryly funny, and always an absorbing argument for the power of love. (St. Louis Post Dispatch)

"'Pretty brilliant,' I said once I closed the cover — literary fiction at its best.” (The Missourian)

Product details

  • File Size: 5339 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; Reprint edition (November 3, 2015)
  • Publication Date: November 3, 2015
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00URY5CE8
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,775 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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