Best-selling author returns with touching new novel about a writer and the woman whose life-changing stories
NEW YORK, May 18, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Far from home, in a picturesque Costa Rican fishing village, a man glimpses the heart of the book he struggled to write in the captivating stories of a young woman.
Told by a novelist forced to earn a living as an exterminator, STRANGE LOVE (Open Road Integrated Media; May 18, 2021; EBook Price: $ 15.99; Printing price: $ 15.99) tells a story of disappointments, unusual desires, and what people do when their dreams haven’t come true as they had hoped.
While on vacation in a remote village, the narrator becomes obsessed with a young Costa Rican woman. Mesmerized by her beauty, the details of her past and the way she describes them, the man finds himself hinting that he is in fact the bestselling author he dreamed of being and that he has the power to change his life.
“Fred Waitzkin effortlessly recreates a singular world with eerie insight and humor,” actor and director said Gabriel Byrne. “It’s like sitting by a fire with a master storyteller whose real power is the realm of imagination and magic.”
In an interview, Fred Waitzkin can discuss:
- The intersection of real and fictional characters in his novels.
- How his displacement by the COVID-19 pandemic inspired him to STRANGE LOVE.
- His writing process after decades of perfecting the craft.
- Collaborate with Sofia ruiz, a brilliant painter who illustrates STRANGE LOVE.
- Father of a prodigy, why Looking for Bobby fischer became the # 1 bestseller on the list of parenting and chess books.
The New York Times once said of Looking for Bobby fischer that “Mr. Waitzkin is stoking a fire in the basement of his book that will eventually make us sweat and squirm.” In STRANGE LOVE, Waitzkin creates the same tension, this time evoking the pathos of lives lost until the most unlikely love affair comes out with one last chance.
STRANGE LOVE is illustrated by the captivating paintings of the Costa Rican artist, Sofia ruiz. Ruiz has won numerous national and international awards and his work has been exhibited around the world. Ruiz’s paintings suggest what lies behind an apparent normality. His figures are often beautiful on the surface, but are almost always haunted, incomplete, and fractured.
About the Author
Fred Waitzkin was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1943. As a teenager, he hesitated between wanting to spend his life as a fisherman, Afro-Cuban drummer or novelist. He went to Kenyon College and did graduate studies at New York University. His work appeared in Esquire, new York magazine, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Outside, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, The Huffington Post, and The Daily Beast, among other publications. His memoirs, In Search of Bobby fischer, was adapted into a big movie, released in 1993. His other books are Mortal Games, The Last Marlin and The Dream Merchant. His most recent novel, Deep Water Blues, was inspired by a true story about the private war for control of a small island in the Bahamas. Waitzkin lives Manhattan with his wife, Bonnie, and has two children, Josh and Katya, and two grandsons, Jack and Charlie.
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