'My name is Eva, which means "life", according to a book of names my mother consulted. I was born in the back room of a shadowy
house, and grew up amidst ancient furniture, books in Latin, and human mummies, but none of those things made me melancholy,
because I came into the world with a breath of the jungle in my memory.'Isabel Allende tells the sweet and sinister story
of an orphan who beguiles the world with her astonishing visions, triumphing over the worst of adversity and bringing light
to a dark place.