Chance to See Egypt: A Novel

Chance to See Egypt: A Novel

by Sandra Jean Scofield
     
 
When Tom Riley's wife dies, her passing leaves him "tilting, out of balance." He returns to Mexico, site of their honeymoon, paying tribute to the memory of their love. There he meets an American expatriate writer, a woman escaping her own painful past, who offers him curious but thought-provoking advice. His life is not over. He has a story inside, she tells him

Overview

When Tom Riley's wife dies, her passing leaves him "tilting, out of balance." He returns to Mexico, site of their honeymoon, paying tribute to the memory of their love. There he meets an American expatriate writer, a woman escaping her own painful past, who offers him curious but thought-provoking advice. His life is not over. He has a story inside, she tells him, suggesting that he "Change the plot. Introduce new characters."

And so he does, meeting a Mexican woman called Consolata, the owner of a small caf,. Strong-willed, mystical and independent, she and her beautiful daughter Divina enchant Tom, drawing him into the warmth and simple magic of life in their little village. There, secrets and dreams long hidden are revealed, empty spaces in the heart are filled and the next chapter in Tom's life begins to be written.

Sandra Scofield has created a magical tale of love's illuminating, uplifting power, a novel that reminds us that the power to create our destiny lies within us all.

Author Biography: Sandra Scofield's literary awards include the Texas Institute of Letters Fiction Award and the American Book Award and nominations for the National Book Award, the Oregon Book Award, and the First Fiction Award from the Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Ashland, OR.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Returning to the setting that served her so well in Gringa (1989), Scofield augments her literary reputation with a heartfelt, elegiac story about a newly widowed man who journeys to Mexico to assuage his grief and emerges with a surprising new love. Tom Riley is a middle-aged pet-store owner from Chicago who finds himself "out of place, between the two humps of the camel" after his wife's death. During an extended holiday in the tourist town of Lago de Luz, Tom, frustrated with the local American expatriates, finds himself longing to connect with the Mexican peasants. He is drawn to Consolata Arispe, a mystically minded widow who runs a small cafe and whose lovely 19-year-old daughter, Divina, works as a domestic in the local tourist hotel. Riley's romance is facilitated by the novel's narrator, Charlotte Amory, an expat novelist who meets the widower in one of her writing classes and who employs Divina as a model for her paintings. Scofield draws her romantic principals together with a graceful, wry sense of humor, converting Riley's indecision into a warm, wise exploration of the mysteries of love, and she turns an ending that could have been clichd into a genuinely profound revelation. This is top-shelf Scofield, a novel that recalls the compassionate, emotionally incisive storytelling of her early works while adding new layers of depth and maturity. First serial and dramatic rights: Emma Sweeney. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060927882
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/01/1997
Edition description:
1ST CLIFF
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.65(d)

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"Finely rendered novel with much to offer the discerning reader. I recommend it."

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