This month, English 101 (our modern classics book club), is reading Isabel Allende's Daughter of Fortune--a tour-de-force that traverses 19th century Chile, California, and China. It's fitting then, to talk about Allende's eagerly-anticipated Island Beneath the Sea, out now in hardcover! Island Beneath the Sea is the story of Zarité--known as Tété--the daughter of an African mother she never knew and one of the white sailors who brought her into bondage. Tété becomes the slave of twenty-year-old Toulouse Valmorain, who arrives on Saint-Domingue in 1770 to run his father’s plantation. Spanning four decades, Island Beneath the Sea is the moving story of the intertwined lives of Tété and Valmorain, and of one woman’s determination to find love amid loss, to offer humanity though her own has been battered, and to forge her own identity in the cruellest of circumstances.