Mujeres del alma mía : Sobre el amor impaciente, la vida larga y las brujas buenas

Mujeres del alma mía : Sobre el amor impaciente, la vida larga y las brujas buenas

Isabel Allende

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192 pages | Hardcover

A passionate and inspiring meditation on what it means to be a woman from one of the leading voices in Latin American literature, Isabel Allende.

English edition: THE SOUL OF A WOMAN, by Isabel Allende [Ballantine Books, 3/2/2021]


“When I say that I was feminist in kindergarten, I am not exaggerating,” begins Isabel Allende. As a child, she watched her mother, abandoned by her husband, provide for her three small children without “resources or voice.” Isabel became a fierce and defiant little girl, determined to fight for the life her mother couldn’t have. As a young woman coming of age in the late 1960’s, she rode the first wave of feminism. Among a tribe of like-minded female journalists, she for the first time felt comfortable in her own skin, as they wrote “with a knife between their teeth” about women’s issues. She has seen what has been accomplished by the feminist movement in the course of her lifetime. And over the course of three passionate marriages, she has learned how to grow as a woman while having a partner, when to step away, and the rewards of embracing one’s sexuality.

So, what do women want? To be safe, to be valued, to live in peace, to have their own resources, to be connected, to have control over their bodies and lives, and above all, to be loved. On all these fronts, there is much work to be done, and this book, Allende hopes, will “light the torch of our daughters and granddaughters with mine. They will have to live for us, as we lived for our mothers, and carry on with the work still left to be finished.”

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