Waiting for Columbus
Publication Date: October 2009
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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the September 2009 Indie Next List
“Christopher Columbus, institutionalized in an insane asylum in contemporary Spain, is sedated, isolated, and wishing for his cell phone so he can call the queen to check on his ships. In this back-and-forth between past and present, delusion and reality, the reader is swept into Columbus' world and empathizes with Nurse Consuela, whose friendship with her patient draws her into feelings she struggles to control. I loved the history -- and the mystery -- of Waiting for Columbus.”
-- Cheryl McKeon, Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, WA
A man arrives at an insane asylum in contemporary Sevilla, Spain claiming to be the legendary navigator Christopher Columbus. Who he really is, and the events that lead him to break with reality, lie at the center of this stunning, page-turning, and engrossing novel.