“In Strange Love, real life ends and imagination begins, in a broken down bar in a forgotten place — that is where you’ll find Fred Waitzkin, fishing for stories.” — Marion Winik, Newsday
“Both a strange and lovely new novel.” — Martha’s Vineyard Times
“Moving and memorable.” — The Vineyard Gazetted
“Fred Waitzkin is a master storyteller whose true power is the realm of imagination and magic.” — Gabriel Byrne
“Strange Love is a hot, smart, irresistible read.” — Harvey Blume, literary critic
“Engaging and affecting … intense.” English Plus Language Blog
A seductive story of a man who glimpses the heart of the book he’s struggled to write in the captivating stories of a young woman.
Narrated by a man vacationing in a remote fishing village on the spectacular Pacific coast of Costa Rica, STRANGE LOVE tells a story of disappointments, unusual desires, and the things people do when their dreams haven’t materialized in the ways they had hoped.
While visiting the village, the man 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 wildly successful author he once dreamed of being—and that he has the power to change her life.
“Fred Waitzkin is always a hot, smart, irresistible read. That was abundantly clear with regard to his novel ‘The Dream Merchant.’ It’s no less so of his new novel, ‘Strange Love’, the difference being that in the new book the heroic characters — and Waitzkin is always laying bets one way or another on heroism — are women.” — Harvey Blume, literary critic