Read This: ‘The Witch of Portobello’

Like his other novels, Coelho’s latest is an incredibly beautiful read about a woman born in Transylvania to a Gypsy mother and who’s later adopted by a wealthy Lebanese couple.
 
As a child, Sherine Khalil renames herself Athena. She shows a strong religious vocation and reports seeing angels and saints, which impresses and worries her parents.
 
As the book begins, Athena is dead. How she ended up that way creates the intrigue that attempts to sustain the book.
 
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