In 1908, under orders to defend a tiny, isolated Pacific atoll from an improbable French invasion, Mexican captain Ramón Arnaud, his young bride, Alicia, and eleven soldiers and their families set sail for the so-called Isle of Passion. In this dire, forbidding place, a viable community is created under Ramón's guidance and inspired by Alicia's dedication. But they are soon forgotten by a motherland distracted by political upheaval and the first rumblings of World War I. Left to the mercies of nature and one another—falling victim one by one to disease, hunger, lust, despair, and, ultimately, violence—the castaways who remain must find strength in the courage and steadfast resourcefulness of Alicia Arnaud, upon whom their collective survival now depends.
Based on true events, Laura Restrepo's Isle of Passion is a brilliantly rendered and dramatic tale of savage human nature—and one woman's determination to triumph over a harrowing fate.
About the Author
Laura Restrepo is the bestselling author of six novels, including The Dark Bride, A Tale of the Dispossessed, and Delirio, which received Spain's prestigious Alfaguara Prize. She lives in Colombia.
Laura Restrepo fue profesora de literatura en la Universidad de Colombia, editora politica en la revista Semana y miembro de la Comision Nacional para la Paz. Ha escrito destacadas novelas tales como Leopardo al sol; Dulce Compania, que obtuvo el premio Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz en Mexico y el premio France Culture en Francia; y Delirio, que obtuvo el premio Alfaguara. Actualmente vive en Bogota, Colombia.
“Restrepo charts a wide and intense range of human experience in this compelling story of castaways.”
Arguably [Restrepo’s] best: a ripping yarn that recreates an obscure historical incident…. Vivid and entertaining.
“This extraordinarily gripping novel communicates surprising lessons on the human condition. Highly recommended.”
-Library Journal (Starred Review)
“[A] finely wrought work.”
-Cleveland Plain Dealer