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Women's Fiction Contemporary
Born into a poor family in Spain, InĂ©s, a seamstress, finds
herself condemned to a life of hard work without reward or
hope for the future. It is the sixteenth century, the
beginning of the Spanish conquest of the Americas, and when
her shiftless husband disappears to the New World, InĂ©s uses
the opportunity to search for him as an excuse to flee her
stifling homeland and seek adventure. After her treacherous
journey takes her to Peru, she learns that her husband has
died in battle. Soon she begins a fiery love affair with a
man who will change the course of her life: Pedro de
Valdivia, war hero and field marshal to the famed Francisco
Valdivia's dream is to succeed where other Spaniards have
failed: to become the conquerer of Chile. The natives of
Chile are fearsome warriors, and the land is rumored to be
barren of gold, but this suits Valdivia, who seeks only
honor and glory. Together the lovers InĂ©s SuĂˇrez and Pedro
de Valdivia will build the new city of Santiago, and they
will wage a bloody, ruthless war against the indigenous
Chileansâ€”the fierce local Indians led by the chief
Michimalonko, and the even fiercer Mapuche from the south.
The horrific struggle will change them forever, pulling each
of them toward their separate destinies.
InĂ©s of My Soul is a work of breathtaking scope:
meticulously researched, it engagingly dramatizes the known
events of InĂ©s SuĂˇrez's life, crafting them into a novel
full of the narrative brilliance and passion readers have
come to expect from Isabel Allende.
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