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The Girl From Tenerife [Kindle Edition]

Bernard Schaffer , Laurie Laliberte
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Book Description

An ode to love, loss, and literature



A struggling author falls in love with a mysterious woman, and is inspired to push himself further than he ever thought possible.

From the moment he sees her, he is deep in love. It's her accent, and her gentle laugh, and her lightly-bronzed skin that has been kissed by the sun of distant Spanish beaches. She is a woman worth chasing. A woman worth winning, no matter what the risk. And above all else, a woman worth writing about.

Filled with nods to literary greats, including the ghost of Ernest Hemingway, who carries his heavyweight championship belt draped over his shoulder, mocking all. The Girl From Tenerife will show you what it means to love, and it will show you what it means to write.


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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
 
"Too good to be true, it will keep you reading!" 5-Star Review on Amazon
 
"Couldn't put it down. It's 3:30 am and I have an early morning but I had to keep reading. Buy this book." 5-Star Review on Amazon
 
"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
 
"I couldn't put the book down until I finished reading it." 5-Star Review on Amazon

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. 
   
 

Product Details

  • File Size: 1634 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Dia de Los Toros Publications; 1 edition (January 15, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E9VI8QE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #513,884 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Evokes such intense emotions August 2, 2013
By Ari
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A recipe for the bittersweet August 4, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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
5.0 out of 5 stars An author to watch. September 14, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A Mixture of Schaffer's Best Qualities August 1, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! August 1, 2013
By Ms Lord
Format:Kindle Edition
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars The best quality is that it is short
A man has writer's block and is obsessed with himself and a married women. That's pretty much the whole premise. Read more
Published 3 days ago by RNT
2.0 out of 5 stars waste of time
I was hoping for more. This book just did not go anywhere for me.
Published 23 days ago by cpamomma
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the better writers
I read another of his books and I like his writing. No denying I have a terrible memory but I can't put together the Tenerife connection based on my impressions of the other book... Read more
Published 3 months ago by ST
4.0 out of 5 stars It has a nice flow
The author has good timing. Blending Hemingway into the story was unique. I loved the Spanish influence on the story.
Published 5 months ago by Renee Andrini
3.0 out of 5 stars I Wouldn't Keep It on My Shelf
I think the outcome of the story is somewhat predictable, and the main character feels way too sorry for himself. Read more
Published 5 months ago by K. J. Farmer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
The book sounds like someone's (admittedly well written) tale of life. A perverse tale of one man's obsession over a married woman.
Published 5 months ago by Brian Paige
3.0 out of 5 stars Mildly interesting book
Some interesting characters here, but it's not dazzling. Fairly well written and moves right along. The ending seemed like a letdown and rather abrupt.
Published 5 months ago by Janet H. O'brien
1.0 out of 5 stars I seldom stop reading a book part way through, ...
I seldom stop reading a book part way through, but this book just wasn't for me. I stopped reading because of the kind of sexual content and deleted it from my kindle.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars strangely compelling book
I know at the start of the book he said the story is all lies but that only gave it more substance for me. I thought it was a beautiful love story.
Published 5 months ago by Angela M. Sullivan
2.0 out of 5 stars Hang in there, it gets better
The first half of the story is slow and seems disjointed. Characters are believable. The writer in the story found that the power of his word can influence people's actions.
Published 6 months ago by cindy
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More About the Author

Bernard Schaffer is the author of multiple books that span a wide variety of genres, including literature, police procedurals, and science fiction westerns. He has worked on several projects with famous authors such as Harlan Ellison, Alan Dean Foster, and Bill Thompson (the editor who discovered Stephen King and John Grisham).
Recently, he collaborated with J.A. Konrath on two books that feature Konrath's best-selling Lt. Jack Daniels characters and Schaffer's own Superbia series.
A lifelong resident of the Philadelphia area, he is the proud father of two children. In addition to writing and publishing, he is a decorated police veteran detective and expert witness in narcotics distribution. In the late eighties, Schaffer was a child actor who appeared on stage and screen, including starring in the Nickelodeon series, "Don't Just Sit There."

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