Isabel Allende’s new novel is a thriller called Ripper. Her fiction “confounds expectations,” wrote the Times Literary Supplement. “We make our way at an impetuous pace through an extravagantly imagined world.” Elizabeth Gilbert’s new novel is The Signature of All Things. Her “prose is fueled by a mix of intelligence, wit and colloquial exuberance that is close to irresistible,” wrote Jennifer Egan.
“When I was young, I often felt desperate: so much pain in the world and so little I could do to alleviate it! But now I look back at my life and feel satisfied because few days went by without me at least trying to make a difference.” – Isabel Allende
Chilean author Isabel Allende won worldwide acclaim when her bestselling first novel, The House of the Spirits, was published in 1982. In addition to launching Allende’s career as a renowned author, the book, which grew out of a farewell letter to her dying grandfather, also established her as a feminist force in Latin America’s male-dominated literary world.
She has since written nearly 20 more works, including Of Love and Shadows, Eva Luna, Stories of Eva Luna, The Infinite Plan, Daughter of Fortune, Portrait in Sepia, a trilogy for young readers (City of Beasts, Kingdom of the Golden Dragon and Forest of Pygmies), Zorro, Ines of My Soul, Island Beneath the Sea and Maya’s Notebook. Her latest book is Ripper, a crime novel.
Excited to learn more about Ripper? Read an excerpt here.
Born in Waterbury, Connecticut, Elizabeth Gilbert grew up on a family Christmas-tree farm and went on to study political science at New York University. Gilbert achieved superstardom with her 2006 memoir Eat, Pray, Love, which has sold more than ten million copies. Her follow-up memoir, Committed, also topped The New York Times bestseller list. Gilbert lives in Frenchtown, New Jersey.
Her new novel, The Signature of All Things, is the story of an irrepressible woman, determined to satisfy her most powerful urges toward both love and knowledge. A novel immersed in all the great questions of the nineteenth century, The Signature of All Things is also very much a novel for our times—and for all time.
Catch an excerpt from The Signature of All Things here.
See what The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and other members the press are saying about The Signature of All Things here.