Waiting for Columbus

By Thomas Trofimuk
Read by Grover Gardner

10.23 Hours 08/25/2009 unabridged
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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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Summary

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Selected for the September 2009 Indie Next List

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Waiting for Columbus is a riveting meditation on identity, loss, and the fagility of our own life stories. Thomas Trofimuk shows that when it comes to love, we are all Columbus, setting sail on unknown waters, hoping we won’t come to an edge.” Carolyn Parkhurst, bestselling author of The Dogs of Babel and Lost and Found
“The hero of Thomas Trofimuk’s Waiting for Columbus is, like all storytellers, a seducer—and so is the author himself. His compassion, intelligence, shrewd humor, and taste in wine make for an irresistible read.” Steven Heighton, author of Afterlands
“Trofimuk is a master of feeling.”  Globe and Mail
“One of the buzzy books of the Canadian fiction year…Part romance, part mystery, the novel has been drawing early comparisons to Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient…Waiting for Columbus is a mind-blower in its own right, a story unmoored in time by virtue of its mysterious protagonist.” Edmonton Journal
“Grover Gardner’s sensitive and well-paced reading gives cohesion to a rambling story. This is not an audiobook to multitask to—as reality and illusion are in danger of becoming merged for the listener as well as for the patient.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Thomas Trofimuk

Thomas Trofimuk is a writer, editor, and journalism instructor. His first novel, The 52nd Poem, won the Georges Bugnet Award for Best First Novel and the City of Edmonton Book Prize. Doubting Yourself to the Bone, his critically acclaimed second novel was a number-one bestseller (Edmonton Journal) and one of the Globe and Mail’s Best Books of the Year. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, with his wife and daughter.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 10.23
Audience: Adult
Language: English