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Maya’s Notebook

Maya’s Notebook

Author(s): Isabel Allende

Location(s): Chiloé, United States (USA)

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Contemporary

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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?

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Something slightly different from this author – a young woman who gets into the wrong crowd, poignantly handled.

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