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Enchanted Islands

Enchanted Islands by Allison Amend
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Apr 18, 2017 | 320 Pages
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Praise

Enchanted Islands is a many faceted jewel. It’s a spy thriller, a survivalist memoir, and a portrait of a marriage. . . . Fabulous…. Will carry you away.” Chicago Tribune
 
“An endearing chronicle of female friendship.” The New York Times Book Review, Editor’s Choice
 
“A vivid picture of a woman surviving in a place where friends and enemies alike can both enthrall and harm. The result is beautiful, terrifying, and haunting, a deeply moving lovechild between Elena Ferrante and John Le Carré.” Chicago Review of Books
 
“Steeped in the wondrous history of the Galápagos and bursting with the magic of pure invention. An elegant stylist and a masterful chronicler of the most hidden and luminous corners of the human experience, Amend is a spectacular talent.” Laura van den Berg, author of Find Me

“A fascinating rumination on identity, friendship and love . . . [Amend] vividly evokes Duluth’s bleakness, Chicago’s sparkling bustle, rural Nebraska’s quietude and San Francisco’s sophistication. Most enticing of all is the otherworldliness of the Galápagos.” San Francisco Chronicle
 
“Dazzling.” Travel + Leisure
 
“Amend’s novel manages to encompass a woman’s life, the story of a marriage, a tense standoff between Allied and Axis operatives, and a sensitive examination of women’s friendship.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune
 
“Allison Amend is a wonderful writer—generous and psychologically astute—and Enchanted Islands is both a sweeping epic and a moving exploration of the intricacies of friendship. This is a beautiful novel that will stay with me for a long time.” Molly Antopol, author of The UnAmericans
 
“Absorbing. . . . Amend’s spirited rendition of [Frances Conway’s] life reads less like a memoir and more like Jane Austen. It has acute interpersonal observations and subjective flights of fancy.” —BookPage
 
“In Enchanted Islands, Allison Amend distills the entire life of Frances Conway—one of, if not the, most fully realized characters I’ve encountered in the last decade—into a captivating narrative. . . . Brilliant.” Jill Alexander Essbaum, New York Times bestselling author of Hausfrau
 
“Mesmerizing and captivating. . . . The kind of book that will make you want to renew your passport” Bustle
 
“Secrets, lies, and spies on a faraway island. . . . Appealing characters and vivid local color make for an entertaining read.” Kirkus Reviews
 
“In this shrewdly textured yet directly told tale of an unorthodox life, Amend fills Franny’s worlds of poverty, intrigue, and indignant old age with rewarding vibrancy and touching vulnerability.” Booklist


“A taut, powerful tale of human relationships and the sacrifices people make to maintain their balance.” —Publishers Weekly
 
“In this compulsively readable novel, exotic locales and international espionage bend before the greatest intrigue of all: the life of a captivating mind. . . . Enchanted Islands is as moving as it is impossible to put down.” Matthew Thomas, New York Times-bestselling author of We Are Not Ourselves

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