Romancing Spain by Lamar Herrin

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Does a man fall in love with a country first or the woman he finds there?

And which love is finally the greatest?

In this elegant account of his falling for the Spanish woman he married 30 years ago, Lamar Herrin opens his heart, his natural skepticism, and an American’s awe of history to a complex nation that is both rich in tradition and astoundingly foreign.

Portraying himself as a Quixote in love with Romance, Herrin allows us to watch as he struggles to win the woman who will finally open her arms to him in a world where the Church and Bureaucracy are unwilling to.

By turns comic and moving — and always lyrical — there are beauty and good heart enough in this eloquent book for travelers and lovers alike.

About Lamar Herrin

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Lamar Herrin is the author of four previous novels: The Unwritten Chronicles of Robert E. Lee, The Rio Loja Ringmaster, American Baroque, and The Lies Boys Tell. His short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Epoch. Herrin is also the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and is a professor of creative writing and contemporary literature at Cornell University.
Published July 1, 2006 by Unbridled Books. 270 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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He explores this rhetorical conundrum through a jittery cut down memory lane, whisking his wife through the Spanish hinterlands to arouse fond memories of his sublimely ridiculous quest to woo and marry her—a quest besieged with challenges leveled by the patriarchal powers-that-be.

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