I loved this book so much I read it in one sitting. There are moments in one's life where you have to stop and think about where you have come from and where you are going. You take a long hard look at yourself and know that things have to change for you to feel fully satisfied with who you are and what you have accomplished, especially when you hit a certain age. This story shows such a moment for an author, although anyone can relate because it's about the process of introspection and the decision to change, not necessarily his decision, but your own. The relationships between the characters and the situations that occur provide the framework for the journey. Everything that happens, especially the love story, pulled me in and left me raw. You can see yourself in his shoes, maybe not in the same experience, but the feelings evoked, I've felt before. There is so much power in the words of the author, I had to highlight some of the passages that I loved to reread later. It's a story full of angst, longing, loneliness and love. All emotions we have felt or are currently feeling. It was intense to see them expressed the way Bernard Schaffer does in this book. His style made me think of Isabel Allende, and I hope he continues to write stories like The Girl from Tenerife.