... a very good emotional coming of age story
This is a coming of age story beautifully told. A nineteen year old girl from Berkeley, CA through a series of events comes to a remote Chilean island to hideout for a period of time until things calm down back in the States. Maya Vidal has been raised by her Chilean grandmother mother Nidia and African American stepfather Popo in California.
Maya is bright, likable and headstrong. Her life comes unglued when there is a loss in the family. The story is told from Maya’s diary and the author doesn’t stint in dealing with difficult issues such as homelessness, prostitution and drug abuse. An undercurrent in this story is modern day Chilean history including the events around the Pinochet regime and the “disappeared”, those people who were killed by that rightist government.
On the island in Chile, Maya lives with a friend of her grandmothers Manuel Arias. He and other residents of this remote island slowly nurture Maya back to emotional health. While she is there she uncovers secrets about her own family and their involvement in the politics of the time.
This is another wonderful story from Isabel Allende. She is great at creating characters that come to life in stories that are rich with history, culture and everyday detail. Maya has a superb voice in this story so like a nineteen year old. A very good emotional coming of age novel!
I read a copy of this novel provided by the publisher.