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The Japanese Lover

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Staff Review: "The Japanese Lover" by Isabel Allende


Irina Bazili, a 23-year-old immigrant from Moldova, has been drifting from job to job and town to town since she was just 15. When she applies at Lark House, a progressive residence facility for seniors, she doesn't expect to stay for long. As she gains a reputation for her hard work and dedication to the residents, she also peaks the interest of one of Lark House's most intriguing residents. Alma Belasco lives in her own unit at Lark House, keeps a smart car which she drives recklessly through town, disappears for days at a time, and has few friends. Alma makes Irina an offer to become her personal assistant and the opportunity is too good to pass up. As Irina works with Alma to sort through her personal effects, she befriends Alma's grandson Seth and the two start assembling a book about Alma's life. What they discover is that Alma’s life is more complicated than anyone realized. A story of loss, love, and the amazing resilience of the heart, this book will take you on a journey that spans decades and explores what love really means in all of its many forms.

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction

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