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Maya's Notebook

Isabel Allende

Abandoned by her parents, 19-year-old Maya Nidal grew up in Berkeley, California, with her tough, Chilean grandmother, Nini, and her African American grandfather, Popo. When Popo dies of cancer, Maya’s life spirals out of control and she turns to drugs and alcohol. Caught in the dangerous criminal underworld and a life of addiction and homelessness, Nini helps her escape to a remote island off the coast of Chile. Under the care of her grandmother’s old friend, Maya begins to record her story in her notebook as she makes sense of her past.