Assume the stereotype and embrace it: I can't enumerate how many ways this book speaks to me, something I've been ever hesitant to say (for fear I might ever change my mind) but I feel obligated to say something as this is my first book review ever. If you've ever been 'the American' abroad and have been unsure how to feel about it...well 'Leaving Atocha Station' vocalizes that feeling better than how you felt it. A multi-faceted ambiance in essence, existential tendencies carry this poetic narrative throw the winding streets of Madrid, the railways of Spain, seamlessly in and out of memories both past and future, hipster American shame abroad etc. etc. Adam's shoes are those worn in the quest for authenticity.