That book -- her first -- was a hit for the Chilean American author in the 1980s, propelling her onto bestseller lists worldwide. Her other books include "Of Love and Shadows," "Portrait in Sepia," "Daughter of Fortune" and "Zorro."
In 2014 Allende was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Obama.
Her most recent novel, "Ripper," about a teen sleuth investigating a serial killer in San Francisco, was published by Harper.
Now Allende has moved to Atria for her next novel. "The Japanese Lover" is a love story set partly in the post-WWII period and partly in the present day, in San Francisco and Poland. It's set to be published this fall.