The military coup of September 11, 1973 in Allende's native country, Chile, claimed the life of her uncle, Chilean leader Salvador Allende, and forced her and her family into exile. The terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001 in her adopted country, the United States, found Isabel, once again, watching in horror.
Click the "Listen" link to hear author Isabel Allende talk about the two key events that inspired her new memoir, "My Invented Country."
Isabel Allende, bestselling writer and author of "My Invented Coutry: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile"
This program aired on June 19, 2003.