A moving investigation into a father figure.
On Christmas Eve, 1974, Galder Reguera’s mother found out she was pregnant with him. That same day, his father died in a car crash. These pages bring together a moving family story filled with unexpected twists and turns, and the chronicle of an investigation: “For me, he is the past I never had, and for him, I am the future he was denied. He thought of me for one day. The last day of his life. His shadow has always been present for me.”
This story deals with families typical and atypical. What is family? Who makes it up? How is it sustained? How does it shape us and determine every aspect of our lives?
With documentation, photos, and interviews with family and loved ones, Galder Reguera reconstructs the personality, life, and death of his father, at the same time as he reveals his mother’s strength in getting their family ahead during those very difficult years. Surprised by how much has been left behind, events without which he wouldn’t be what he is today, the author carries out a search that is at the same time a beautiful exercise in self-understanding.
A magnificent book that summons those absent and those present to reconcile you with the gift of life.
An excellent novel about fate, the passing of time, and family secrets, a novel full of honesty and courage, a novel where the search for a missing father moves us, shakes us, and makes us fall in love with it.