(First Edition, Signed Bookplate) The recipient of Chile's National Literature Prize as well as the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, Isabel Allende here gives us an exquisitely crafted love story within a sweeping, multigenerational epic. In 1939, young Alma Belasco is sent away from her home in Poland to live in safety with her aunt and uncle in San Francisco, where she meets and falls in love with Ichimei Fukuda. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the lovers are pulled apart as Fukuda and his family are taken to an internment camp. Throughout their lives they reunite again and again, though it seems their love must always be hidden from the world.
"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)