Waiting for Columbus (Compact Disc)

By Thomas Trofimuk, Grover Gardner (Read by)

Blackstone Audiobooks, 9781441706492

Publication Date: August 1, 2009

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
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Description

Found in the treacherous Strait of Gibraltar, a man who answers only to the name of Christopher Columbus is delivered to a mental institution in Sevilla. Nurse Consuela, a lonely young woman searching for love, who listens to his fantastical tales of adventure and romance day after day, tries desperately to make some sense of why this man has been locked up, and to discover his true identity. Simultaneously, Emile Germain, an Interpol officer based in France, receives a memo about an enigmatic figure, possibly a dangerous assailant, who is missing from the scene of a crime. All paths lead to Spain, where Germain finds himself on a journey that seems like a wild goose chase. Unbeknownst to him as well as to the doctors at the Sevilla Institute, Emile is unraveling more than just one mystery.
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