Product Description From Booklist Best-selling fabulist Coelho continues to transform his trademark combination of mysticism and storytelling into spellbinding examinations of the human soul. In this deceptively simple novel a bereaved lover attempts to chronicle dissect and comprehend the often-twisted path followed by Athena otherwise known as the Witch of Portobello Road. An orphaned Romanian gypsy adopted as an infant by adoring Lebanese parents Athena recognized and struggled with the power of her magical gifts at an early age. Spurred on by truths and passions inaccessible to most of her contemporaries she traipsed around Europe and the Middle East in search of acceptance enlightenment and a truer path. Developing a cultlike following she became the object of a modern-day witch hunt that seemingly culminated in tragedy. Unable to construct a typically straightforward chronicle of her life her would-be biographer relies on the divergent recollections and reflections of the people who knew--or thought they knew--her best. Narrated from multiple points of view the portrait of Athena that emerges is as provocative and spiritually complex as one would expect from the author of The Alchemist (1993) and The Devil and Miss Prym (2006). Margaret Flanagan Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved About the Author Paulo Coelho born in Rio de Janeiro in 1947 is one of the bestselling and most influential authors in the world. The Alchemist The Pilgrimage The Valkyries Brida Veronika Decides to Die Eleven Minutes The Zahir The Witch of Portobello The Winner Stands Alone Aleph Manuscript Found in Accra and Adultery among others have sold over 175 million copies worldwide and The Alchemist has been on the New York Times bestseller list for over 360 weeks. Paulo Coelho has been a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters since 2002 and in 2007 he was appointed United Nations Messenger of Peace. He is also the most followed author on social media.
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