A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende is another masterpiece from one of my favorite writers. Allende tells the story of over 2,000 refugees that fled Spain for Chile during the occupation by Franco and his Nationalist forces during the Spanish Civil War. Many of the refugees were personally selected by the famous Chilean Poet Pablo Neruda to cross the ocean on the S.S. Winnipeg in which he chartered for the voyages. Allende novel spans the years from 1938 to 1994. She weaves Neruda's poetry throughout the book. I enjoyed this book for the storytelling and the poetry, making this book a powerful read. NPR has a wonderful review, 'A Long Petal of the Sea' Finds Love in a Time of Chaos by Marcela Davidson Aviles.