Maya's Notebook: A Novel (P.S.)

By Isabel Allende

Maya’s Notebook is a startling novel of suspense from New York Times bestselling writer Isabel Allende.
 
This modern coming-of-age tale facilities upon Maya Vidal, a impressive youngster deserted through her mom and dad. Maya grew up in a rambling previous apartment in Berkeley together with her grandmother Nini, whose bold power helped her construct a brand new lifestyles after emigrating from Chile in 1973 with a tender son, and her grandfather Popo, a gradual African-American astronomer.
 
When Popo dies, Maya is going off the rails. in addition to a circle of girlfriends often called "the vampires," she turns to medicines, alcohol, and petty crime--a downward spiral that finally results in Las Vegas and a deadly underworld, with Maya stuck among warring forces: a gang of assassins, the police, the FBI, and Interpol.
 
Her one probability for survival is Nini, who is helping her break out to a distant island off the coast of Chile. within the care of her grandmother’s previous pal, Manuel Arias, and surrounded by means of unusual new associates, Maya starts to checklist her tale in her computing device, as she attempts to make feel of her previous and get to the bottom of the mysteries of her relations and her personal life.

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I’m five-ten, 128 kilos while I play football and a number of other extra if I don’t be careful. I’ve bought muscular legs, clumsy fingers, blue or grey eyes, looking on the time of day, and blond hair, i believe, yet I’m uncertain when you consider that I haven’t visible my usual hair colour for a number of years now. I didn’t inherit my grandmother’s unique visual appeal, together with her olive pores and skin and people darkish circles less than her eyes that make her glance a bit wicked, or my father’s, good-looking as a bullfighter and simply as useless. I don’t appear like my grandfather either—my amazing Popo—because regrettably he’s no longer with regards to me biologically, because he’s my Nini’s moment husband. i glance like my mom, a minimum of so far as measurement and coloring pass. She wasn’t a princess of Lapland, as I used to imagine prior to I reached the age of cause, yet a Danish air hostess my father, who’s a pilot, fell in love with in midair. He was once too younger to get married, yet he bought it into his head that this was once the girl of his desires and stubbornly pursued her until eventually she ultimately received uninterested in turning him down. or perhaps it was once simply because she used to be pregnant. in fact, they bought married and regretted it inside of every week, yet they stayed jointly till i used to be born. Days after my beginning, whereas her husband was once flying someplace, my mom packed her luggage, wrapped me up in a bit blanket, and took a taxi to her in-laws’ condominium. My Nini used to be in San Francisco protesting opposed to the Gulf battle, yet my Popo used to be domestic and took the package deal my mom passed him with no a lot of a proof, earlier than she ran again to the taxi that was once looking forward to her. His granddaughter used to be so mild he may possibly carry her in a single hand. a short time later the Danish lady despatched divorce papers through mail and as an advantage a record renouncing custody of her daughter. My mother’s identify is Marta Otter, and that i met her the summer season i used to be 8, while my grandparents took me to Denmark. I’m in Chile, my grandmother Nidia Vidal’s state, the place the sea takes bites off the land and the continent of South the USA strings out into islands. To be extra particular, I’m in Chiloé, a part of the Lakes sector, among the forty-first and forty-third parallel south, an archipelago of kind of 9 thousand sq. kilometers and 200 thousand or so population, them all shorter than me. In Mapudungun, the language of the region’s indigenous humans, chiloé skill “land of cáhuiles,” that are those screechy, black-headed seagulls, however it might be known as land of wooden and potatoes. other than the Isla Grande, the place the main populous towns are, there are numerous little islands, a few of them uninhabited. the various islands are in teams of 3 or 4 and so just about one another that at low tide you could stroll from one to the subsequent, yet I didn’t have the great good fortune to finish up on a kind of: I reside forty-five mins, via motorboat, while the ocean is calm, from the closest city. My journey from northern California to Chiloé started in my grandmother’s venerable yellow Volkswagen, which has suffered seventeen crashes considering 1999, yet runs like a Ferrari.

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