|It's not a sales conference dinner without|
dozens of glasses on the table at the end of the night.
|Night Circus author Erin Morgenstern|
and editor Alison Callahan
Waiting for Columbus is the story of Christopher Columbus, a man who washes up on shore near Barcelona on the Spanish coast. He's naked...and he's claiming to be Columbus the explorer even though it's the 21st Century. Unsurprisingly, Columbus finds himself in a Barcelona mental institution, where he refuses to engage with his psychiatrist and also, well, refuses to wear clothes. (There's some humor here, see?) One of the nurses, Consuela, takes a special interest in Columbus because he tells her his stories of wooing the queen in order to fund his expedition to the new world. Obviously this man isn't the real Christopher Columbus, but who he is and how he ended up inside this asylum is a great mystery that engages Consuela and the reader alike. Madness, identity, history, the treatment of mental health patients, the bond between nurse and patient, family, nudity (heh), and memory--this is a great book that begs for great conversations.
Holy crap, I love this book. Have you read it? Do so, and then let me know what you think. Spread the word, too. We have the power to make a bestseller; crazier things have happened. And then keep an eye out for the next Alison Callahan book. She edits some terrific ones.