My Father and Other Accidents
Original title: Mi padre y otros accidentes
Author: Paola Guevara
«His name is Fernando Perdomo. He lives in Cali and wants to meet you. I’ve just given him your number; he’ll call you.»
Paola Guevara receives this text message from her mother after being led to believe that no one knew who her father was for more than thirty years. She has given up looking for him and, on the day of the message, her life changes completely.
Narrated in first person, the novel tells the story of Paola’s decision: to meet up with the man who says he is her father, Fernando Perdomo, and have coffee with him once a week, every single week, for a whole year. During these meetings, Paola and Fernando tell each other about their lives and develop a close friendship. Fernando is a Colombian aviation hero and Paola a promising young journalist. They plan to have a DNA test, but as their friendship grows, so does their fear that the test will be negative. What if they are not father and daughter, after all?
Recounted in raw and honest prose, this is a deeply touching and personal novel about second opportunities and what it means to be a family.
SPANISH | Planeta