Isabel Allende
Novelist, Writer, Journalist

Born: August 2, 1942

Isabel was born in Lima, Peru, but she moved to Chili when she was three years old. When Isabel was a young girl she lived with her mother and grandparents after her parents divorced. Allende graduated from a private high school at the young age of 16 and married her first husband at 19.

Isabel became a secretary and then a journalist. She fled from Chili and moved to Venequela after her Uncle Salvador Allende, president of Chile, was assassinated. While Isabel was living in exile she had trouble finding work so she wrote her first novel The House of the Spirits, which was based on her own family and the politics of Chile. The books she has written since then, usually focus on the lives of women and her own experiences. She currently lives with her American husband in California.

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