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Isabel Allende: The Wind Knows My Name

(Fiction, 272 pp. 2023)

Two children, half a century apart, are forced to leave their families and homelands for uncertain futures. Samuel escapes on the 1938 Kindertransport from Nazi-occupied Austria to England, and Anita flees terror in El Salvador to an Arizona migrant facility, where she is forcibly separated from her mother. Allende weaves together heartbreaking stories of confusion, fear, and loss at the core of forced migration. The Bay Area features prominently in the tale, which hinges on the activism of a dedicated social worker and an unenlightened San Francisco attorney.

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