The Japanese Lover
Isabel Allende, trans. from the Spanish by Nick Caistor and Amanda Hopkinson (Atria)
Allende's magical and sweeping tale focuses on two survivors of separation and loss: the elderly renowned designer Alma Belasco and her young secretary, the mysterious Irina Bazili. Through flashbacks spanning from the present-day to WWII, Allende expertly reveals their pasts in a moving story of how love endures.