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"I loved this book. Although he clearly states that this book is not "true", it screams truth! It feels like the bearing of a soul. I think Papa would be proud." (Goodreads)
"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." (Amazon)
"I picture the girl as a youthful Sophia Loren and the author(main character)as not Paul Newman, but Oliver Platt. I am not a fan of characters having dreams or hallucinations, but the author's relationship with Ernest Hemingway fits and is well conceived." (Goodreads)
"Full of raw emotion," (Amazon)
"I laughed out loud too many times to count while reading the Girl from Tenerife. But I know that on three separate occasions, I actually laughed so hard I cried. In the quieter passages, when I wasn't laughing like a loon, I was highlighting passages because they rang so true. And there were times I was so moved I cried too. I fell in love with the narrator times over." (Goodreads) 
"This is a must read,"  (Amazon)

From the Author

"Every word was true." - Bernard Schaffer 

Product Details

  • File Size: 1555 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Dia de Los Toros Publications; 1 edition (January 15, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 15, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E9VI8QE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #757,391 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Bernard Schaffer is the author of multiple books that span a wide variety of genres, including police procedurals, modern literature, and science fiction. A decorated law enforcement professional and dedicated independent publisher, his work has included collaborations with the likes of Harlan Ellison, Alan Dean Foster, and J.A. Konrath.
You can find him at Philadelphia Union games in the Sons of Ben supporter section with his two children, acting like crazy people.

Do you enjoy the work of Bernard Schaffer? Drop him a line @BernardSchaffer or the Bernard Schaffer Facebook Fan Page.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ari on August 2, 2013
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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.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Posner on August 4, 2013
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I received a review copy of this novel from the author at my request.

The Girl from Tenerife by Bernard Schaffer is a short novel full of raw emotion. The narrator, whose name is withheld till the end, is a self-published writer on the ropes, burned out, out of shape, divorced from an angry woman and sustained by the love of his two children and by a grandfatherly man he has known since childhood.

The narrator falls in love with a Spanish woman named Sahily after meeting her at a restaurant. This provokes him to try to restore some order in his life. He decides to try to write at a higher literary level than his usual science fiction serial, engaging in hallucinatory battles with Ernest Hemingway; in real life, he gets mixed up in the business of small-town police dealing with big-city drug problems. He pursues Sahily for love on the grounds that she is THE ONE, even though there is a pretty serious obstacle in the way. It is a recipe for the bittersweet. The book hinges on the reader's willingness to commit to the tragedy of the situation. One can't help rooting for the narrator, and wondering what secrets Sahily hides that could give the story's hero the happy ending he richly deserves. The wondering is nigh unendurable. Hope hurts; happiness is of the moment; certainty is for suckers. But we can't help hoping, we can't help seeking happiness, and we can't help longing for certainty in a world full of melancholy and destruction.

The book is very well-written and very sincere. I would call this some of Bernard's finest prose, but he writes his finest prose in most every book. Bernard wants to lay it all on the line here, but I think he lays it all on the line all the time: that's just the sort of writer he is.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By F. J. Zubek on September 14, 2013
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The Girl From Tenerife is the latest story from the mind of Bernard Schaffer and like much of his other work, he gets better with each new piece.

It wouldn't make much sense for me to add to the eleven ( as of this date, mind you) reviews already posted because if they don't convince you to buy the story, you have no pulse.

I have known him since 2011. Watch this guy because he'll be a "name" author very soon.
That's right. Standing toe to toe with John Grisham, Stephen King, Stieg Larsson, Elmore Leonard, Michael Connelley.
Don't be forced to play catch up later on- get on board right now!

............And yeah, I could be wrong. But you afford to take that chance?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hulegaard Books on August 1, 2013
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DISCLAIMER: This review is based upon a near-final ARC.

What I have always loved about Bernard Schaffer is that he offers a little something for everyone. No matter your taste in genre, he's got you covered. Although he approaches each story with a fresh take, his style is recognizable, which is to say that you should buckle up for the page-turning long haul.

The Girl from Tenerife is unlike anything else in his repertoire, and yet still familiar to me. He has somehow managed to take elements from his previous books, mix them all together and produce a fantastic read. Tenerife features Schaffer's trademark sharp-as-a-tack character banter, hilariously awkward moments and just enough crushing reality to remind you that it's okay to laugh, but you're not reading a comedy.

Of all Schaffer's books, this one is about as personal as it gets. Tenerife invites the reader into an extremely vulnerable space to meet the man behind the pages. By the end of the book, I felt as though I had accompanied Bernard on a long journey and came away wanting to pat him on the back and buy him a beer.

If you've read Schaffer's work before, this is a must read. If you have yet to experience one of Schaffer's books, then this is a great point of entry.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ms Lord on August 1, 2013
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Schaffer writes with a deep passion. He gives life to the words on the pages while breathing soul into every character. I found myself unable to put this book down and following the love affair as it unfolded. I anxiously await (and hope) for a sequel to the girl from tenerife. My heart ached at the end and I yearn for closure.
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