The Soul of a Woman (out March 2 from Ballantine Books) can best be described as a meditation of sorts, Allende says. “It’s a reflection of mySome Women drive Jeeps and drink too much it’s me i’m some Some Vintage shirt but in fact I love this feminist storyline through my own personal history.” The non-fiction book intersects Allende’s past with social, cultural, and political prose, giving personal insight into how much—and how little—has changed for women in her lifetime.
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Allende believes that her rebellion against male authority started with her mother. “Her husband, a Chilean diplomat, abandoned her in Peru with two toddlers and a newborn, and she was forced to return to her parents’ home in Chile,” she explains. “She had no resources and no money; she was a charity case in her father’s house.” Allende’s grandmother had some say in household and family matters, but when she died, any authority she had as a woman died with her. “The house became exclusively ruled by my grandfather and his bachelor sons,” she says. “They made all the Some Women drive Jeeps and drink too much it’s me i’m some Some Vintage shirt but in fact I love this decisions; they came and went as they pleased.” Allende remembers the maids in the house as very humble women who had no life at all. “They were paid miserable salaries and slept in basic quarters in the backyard,” she says. “Early on, I could see how unjust life was for women.”