The story begins in the city of Pittsburgh and quickly travels thousands of miles to Spain where the protagonist, the lonely widower, Robert hopes to reinvent his life. He has lost his wife to a long, difficult illness, and after living a loving and mostly happy, but ordinary and sheltered life, Robert takes on new challenges to find a way to live again. One of those challenges is to travel to the land where his favorite author, Ernest Hemingway spent large parts of his creative life.
On his first day there, Robert meets a younger woman working in a cafe in the city of Granada. They unexpectedly become fast friends and soon find themselves taking in the charms of Spain together, each offering glimpses into their closely-held pasts. Back in Pennsylvania, Robert’s daughter is skeptical and believes Robert is naive and too trusting of the woman, suggesting she has ulterior motives. But Robert carries on, finding solace and comfort in the unlikely friendship, a kinship he has not experienced in many years.
When the woman leads Robert on an extended road trip to see what are believed to be magical prehistoric carvings in the mountains of southern Spain, secrets are revealed and the woman asks Robert to help her with a dramatic and illegal act, one she believes is the only way she can face an inescapable future. What Robert decides will change both of their lives forever.
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About David W. Berner:
I am an award-winning memoirist, essayist, fiction writer, and journalist. I’ve written eight books, winning awards from the Chicago Writers Association, the Society of Midland Authors, and the Eric Hoffer Book Awards. I’ve be honored as the Writer-in-Residence at the Jack Kerouac Project in Florida and at the Ernest Hemingway Birthplace Home and Museum in Illinois.
I live outside Chicago with my wife and dog, Sam.
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