Allende tome examines endurance through war, exile

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March 6, 2020 - 2:29 PM

A new book by one of the world’s foremost writers, Isabel Allende, always garners attention. Allende, originally from Chile but a U.S. citizen for the past quarter century, has a new novel “A Long Petal of the Sea.” 

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It’s a novel about enduring through war, exile, and troubled times as Victor Dalmau flees from Spain after the defeat of the Republican forces for which he fought. Marrying his brother’s pregnant widow, Victor eventually ends up in Chile. The epic spans the years 1938 to 1994.

A mural ties together two artists in different time periods in “Big Lies in a Small Town” by Diane Chamberlain. In 1939, Anna has been chosen to paint a mural which is never installed. In 2018, Morgan, an ex-convict who took the fall for a crime she didn’t commit, is hired to restore the mural. She wonders about Anna and what happened to her and her mural, and also why a philanthropist she never met would direct his daughter in his will to hire Morgan for the project. 

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