by Isabel Allende - £8.99 HarperCollins Publishers (Fourth Estate) (2014)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780007482856 | ISBN 10: 000748285x
The author of The House of the Spirits returns with a gritty yet transcendent tale of teenage addiction.
Abandoned by her parents as a baby, Maya has been brought up by her tough grandmother Nini and her gentle grandfather Popo. But at school, the teenage Maya finds herself drawn towards the wrong crowd. Before she knows what’s happened, Maya’s life has turned into one of drug addiction and crime.
Things go from bad to worse as Maya disappears into the criminal underworld. To save her from her old associates, Nini sends Maya to a remote island off the coast of Chile.
Safe amongst her new neighbours, Maya feels compelled to write her story and slowly she begins to heal. But can she learn to live with her scars, and will her past ever catch up with her?
(Price & availability last checked: November 2014)