Readers Love the Girl From Tenerife, and So Will You
"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." 5-Star Review on Amazon
"Full of raw emotion," 5-Star Review on Amazon
"This is a must read," 5-Star Review on Amazon
"I found this book impossible to put down and once I finished reading it, I went right back to the beginning and read it again." 5-Star Review on Amazon
"The Girl From Tenerife can stand side by side with The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, written by one of my favorite authors, Michael Chabon. It's that good." 5-Star Review on Amazon
"What a pleasant surprise this book was. Not having read this author before, I really didn't know what to expect. I'm glad I gave it a chance." 5-Star Review on Amazon
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"Absolutely stunning piece of literature," 5-Star Review on Amazon
"Schaffer's characters are alive. I don't want to read more about them, I want to know them." 5-Star Review on Amazon
"I honestly laughed out loud too many times to count while reading the Girl from Tenerife." 5-Star Review on Amazon
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From the Author
The Man from Philadelphia
An Interview with the Author of The Girl From Tenerife
Q: TGFT is a different genre and style than your readers have seen from you before. Why the sudden change from crime thrillers and spaceships?
A: One of the main themes running throughout the book is the narrator's hope and desire to compete against the literary greats whom he loves and admires. I had been reading a lot of Hemingway before writing the book, in particular, his letters to Scribner and A Moveable Feast, and it really began to eat at me that I had yet to write anything "real." Not that Superbia (Schaffer's best-selling cop series) isn't valid literature, or that I don't love Guns of Seneca 6 (his sci-fi western saga), but both of them are definitely genre-oriented. I felt the need to take off all my clothes and stand in front of the world naked as an author and say, "This is who I really am."
Q: So is the book autobiographical?
A: It's fiction, but it draws heavily on certain people and circumstances in my life. Some of the characters are as close an approximation to their real life counterparts as you could imagine, other characters are made up whole cloth.
Q: Such as?
A: I'll never tell.
Q: You get a little rough with Hemingway, and several others, in fact. The book imagines competition between authors as a sort of boxing match. Some might argue that greats like Bukowski and King are outside of your weight class.
A: I wouldn't argue with them. When I first worked with Bill Thompson (The legendary editor who discovered Stephen King and John Grisham) on Whitechapel, he asked me who I admired as an author. I fawned a little, and then he stopped me and said, "Stop admiring them so much. They are your competition now. You have to go after them as hard as you can. Show them you belong." This book isn't me saying I'm better than anyone. It's me saying that if I get a chance to go up against any other author, I'm going to do my best to win. For me, Hemingway, Bukowski, King, Moore, Nin, all the ones I mention in the book, they are the ones you have to be able to hold your own against. Otherwise, cut your gloves off and go home.
Q: The Girl from Tenerife seems to evoke very strong emotional reactions from people. Many of the reviews on Amazon say as much. Why do you think people connect with it so deeply?
A: Have you ever loved and lost? Everyone has. The book is about someone who loves and loses, and yet still manages to achieve a sort of victory over fate. He realizes that he might not get what he wants but he can use the situation to do something amazing.