Now I did googled Isabel Allende and this is what I found (seems like she is pretty famous!!):

Isabel Allende is one of Latin America's foremost female writers. Through translation, her work has received acclaim in the United States as well. Allende was born in Lima, Peru in 1942, but moved to Chile at the age of three. Two years after her uncle, Chilean President Salvador Allende, was assassinated in 1973, she fled with her husband and children to Venezuela. She published her first novel, La casa de los espiritus (The House of the Spirits) in 1982, followed by De amor y de sombra (Of Love and Shadows) in 1984, Eva Luna in 1989, El plan infinitivo (The Infinite Plan) in 1991, as well as a collection of short stories, Cuentos de Eva Luna (The Stories of Eva Luna) in 1990. Allende writes in Spanish, combining sometimes harsh, realistic, and political fiction with the surreal in the tradition of magical realism.