Posted by: JulieAloha | February 6, 2018

Personal Reading Challenge 2018: Book #16: The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende

Once again, Isabel Allende has made me cry – not just a few glistening tears, oh no – great wracking sobs of anguish and joy in an empathetic catharsis of emotion. This is not the first time she has undone me with her words, and I’m sure not the last. The Japanese Lover is a story which unfolds with grace and mystery. It begins by following a woman named Irina as she starts working at a residence for the elderly, leading to introductions of several other residents and staff. When Irina meets resident Alma Belasco and agrees to do some extra work for her, Irina starts to uncover the true history of Alma’s life and relationships and in the process begins to open the pages of her own painful past. Beautifully written and intriguing; couldn’t hardly put it down.

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