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In December 1991, Allende's daughter Paula, aged 26, fell gravely ill and sank into a coma. This book started as a letter to Paula written during the hours spent at her bedside, and became a personal memoir and a testament to the ties that bind families - a brave, enlightening, inspiring true story. This book was written during the interminable hours the novelist Isabel Allende spent in the corridors of a Madrid hospital, in her hotel room and beside her daughter Paula's bed during the summer and autumn of 1992. ...

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Patricia B

Aug 27, 2017

Very honest book!!

This book is a book written by a bereaved mother written during the time spent at her daughter's bedside as she lay dying. Perhaps because I too have lost a daughter I could understand her grief and sense of loss. Part of the charm is that she recalled her life - the good, the bad, and the ugly. She spent time reviewing her earliest memories from her childhood when the family lived with her grandparents. After her grandmother died she stole her grandmother's small mirror so that she could have it to remain close to her to keep her feeling close to her.
She exhibits her "magical thinking" and, in a way, showed her magical thinking actually through all of her life. She also displays her belief in spirits and how they have helped her throught her life. She has lead a very interesting life, as a child, an artist, a journalist, a novelist, a wife, a mother and much more! I am looking forward to reading "The Sum of Our Days." Explained as she "constructs the painful reality in her own life in the wake of the tragic death of her daughter, Paula."
If you enjoy it even one half asmuch as I did you won't be disappointed!

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