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The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores

The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores

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2000s: An exuberant memoir of personal loss and longing, and finding connection on the remote Azorean Islands

  • ISBN: 978-1503941328
  • Genre: Autobiography/memoirs

What you need to know before your trail

Reporter Diana Marcum is in crisis. A long-buried personal sadness is enfolding her—and her career is stalled—when she stumbles upon an unusual group of immigrants living in rural California. She follows them on their annual return to the remote Azorean Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, where bulls run down village streets, volcanoes are active, and the people celebrate festas to ease their saudade, a longing so deep that the Portuguese word for it can’t be fully translated.

Years later, California is in a terrible drought, the wildfires seem to never end, and Diana finds herself still dreaming of those islands and the chuva—a rain so soft you don’t notice when it begins or ends.

With her troublesome Labrador retriever, Murphy, in tow, Diana returns to the islands of her dreams only to discover that there are still things she longs for—and one of them may be a most unexpected love.

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The author notes:

There really is an Atlantic Island were every summer, bulls run down the main streets and everyone has relatives visiting from California. Murphy (his real name) really ate those things. Moody (not his real name) really did break out in a cold sweat. The volcanoes, the history, the stories, the natural wonders, and the improbably coincidences in this book are true.

This is in no way a definitive report on the ties between the Azores and California. But it is an affectionate one.

BookTrail Boarding Pass: The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores

Destination: The Azores Author/guide: Diane Marcum Departure Time: 2000s

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