At a glance:
- Author: Isabel Allende
- First Published: 1999
- Type of Work: Novel
- Type of Plot: Historical
- Setting: Chile, England, California, and China
- Characters: Eliza Sommers, Mama Fresia, Joaquin Andieta, John Sommers, Rose Sommers, Jeremy Sommers, Tao Chi’en, Joaquin Murieta, Jacob Todd (Jacob Freemont)
- Genres: Long fiction, Historical fiction, Novel
- Subjects: Freedom, North America or North Americans, Self-discovery, United States or Americans, Parents and children, Love or romance, Sex or sexuality, Nineteenth century, Prostitution or prostitutes, California, West, U.S., England or English people, Orphans or orphanages, Pacific Northwest, Hypocrisy, South America or South Americans, China or Chinese people
- Locales: California, Europe, United States, Asia, England, China, South America, Valparaiso, Chile, Chile, North America, United Kingdom
A baby in a wicker basket is left on the doorstep of the British Import and Export Company in Valparaiso, Chile, on March 15, 1832. Rose Sommers—an unmarried sibling of Jeremy Sommers, a prominent member of the company—decides to adopt the baby, whom she finds irresistible. With the consent and support of her brother, Rose names the baby Eliza and raises her in the austere British tradition, with all the privileges and strict discipline common to a nineteenth century, upper-class British family.
As part of her Victorian upbringing, Eliza is taught the...
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