An engrossing and heart-wrenching family saga, told masterfully. Allende depicts the brutality of slavery without holding back, and she writes characters who are compelling and multi-faceted. This is an excellent book club read, as the characters, situations, and historical context all made for riveting discussion. This would also be a great read if you're looking to learn about the colonization and slavery that took place in Haiti and so many other island nations during the late 1700s and early 1800s, from the perspective of the oppressed.

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