Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1947, Paulo Coelho worked as a composer, a journalist, and as an author and director for the theatre before dedicating his life to books. His books have been published in 168 countries and translated into 80 languages. His biggest success, The Alchemist, is considered the highest selling book written by a Brazilian.
He was elected to the Brazilian Academy of Letters in 2002, and in 2007 was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace. He has been married to Christina Oiticica since 1979.
Linda, in her thirties, begins to question the routine and predictability of her days. In everybody‰۪s eyes, she has a perfect life: happy marriage, children, and a career. Yet what she feels is an enormous sense of dissatisfaction. All that changes when she encounters a successful politician who had, years earlier, been her high-school boyfriend. As she rediscovers the passion missing from her life, she will face a life-altering choice.
One of the most influential writers of our time, Paulo Coelho is the author of many international best sellers, including The Alchemist, Adultery and The Spy. He is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters and has received the Chevalier de l'Ordre National de la Légion d'Honneur. In 2007, he was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace.