Isabel Allende writes of her 'invincible summer,' a flame that burns late in life

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 11:27:01 PM. “In the midst of winter, I finally found that there was within me an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus
“In the midst of winter, I finally found that there was within me an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus What a sentiment — it speaks so much of hope and aspiration, the possibility of change, and yes, the return of passion. No wonder it inspired the title of Chilean-American novelist Isabel Allende’s most recent book, “In the Midst of Winter,” her 23rd. She has been published in 35 languages, and there are 70 million copies of her books in print worldwide. Perhaps best known for the glorious women characters of “The House of the Spirits” and “Eva Luna,” Allende can now add Lucia Maraz and Evelyn Ortega to that gallery of beloved creations. Allende began her story, as she does all of them, on Jan. 8, honoring the birthday of her late daughter, Paula Frias. And then, life conspired with art a bit. She was in Brooklyn, largely the setting of her tale. “It was the time that huge blizzard happened in January. It was perfect and it was like the blizzard was the great metaphor for these people and the three days they spent together,” she said, speaking by phone from the office of the Isabel Allende Foundation in San Francisco. “That sentence summarizes the whole book,” she said. “Three people who are living in a sort of emotional winter … but there is invincible summer waiting for us if we just have an open heart and let it happen. They find themselves in an adventure of life and death. They opt for solidarity and compassion, they help the person and, in the process, they find...Read more
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