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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (665 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Trofimuk Narrator: Grover Gardne Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Found in the treacherous Strait of Gibraltar, a man who answers only to the name of Christopher Columbus is delivered to a mental institution in Sevilla. Nurse Consuela, a lonely young woman searching for love, who listens to his fantastical tales of adventure and romance day after day, tries desperately to make some sense of why this man has been locked up, and to discover his true identity.

Simultaneously, Emile Germain, an Interpol officer based in France, receives a memo about an enigmatic figure, possibly a dangerous assailant, who is missing from the scene of a crime. All paths lead to Spain, where Germain finds himself on a journey that seems like a wild goose chase. Unbeknownst to him as well as to the doctors at the Sevilla Institute, Emile is unraveling more than just one mystery.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Waiting for Columbus is a riveting meditation on identity, loss, and the fagility of our own life stories. Thomas Trofimuk shows that when it comes to love, we are all Columbus, setting sail on unknown waters, hoping we won’t come to an edge.”

    Carolyn Parkhurst, bestselling author of The Dogs of Babel and Lost and Found

  • “The hero of Thomas Trofimuk’s Waiting for Columbus is, like all storytellers, a seducer—and so is the author himself. His compassion, intelligence, shrewd humor, and taste in wine make for an irresistible read.”

    Steven Heighton, author of Afterlands

  • “Trofimuk is a master of feeling.” 

    Globe and Mail

  • “One of the buzzy books of the Canadian fiction year…Part romance, part mystery, the novel has been drawing early comparisons to Michael Ondaatje’s The English PatientWaiting for Columbus is a mind-blower in its own right, a story unmoored in time by virtue of its mysterious protagonist.”

    Edmonton Journal

  • “Grover Gardner’s sensitive and well-paced reading gives cohesion to a rambling story. This is not an audiobook to multitask to—as reality and illusion are in danger of becoming merged for the listener as well as for the patient.”


  • Selected for the September 2009 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Danielle | 2/20/2014

    " This is one of those books that comes together towards the end. It's engaging from the beginning, but when you finish it, you realize all the complexities and how they all amazingly worked together. This book wouldn't be one that I would read again, but I feel like it deserves a 4-4 1/2 star rating! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sharleen | 2/7/2014

    " A man who thinks he is Chritopher Columbus, a psychiatric nurse with a poor history with men, and an Interpol agent with a broken past. These are the main characters of this modern day mystery. Who is this man claiming to be Columbus? What happened to him? The mystery unfurls in stories and flashbacks. I was kept guessing but slowly started to make connections. The story moves along at a steady pace; I did not find myself bored. Overall, a very good novel. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Elena | 2/3/2014

    " I got to about page 100 today and decided I didn't have time for this. The plot maybe was slightly intriguing, but I felt like I was reading a Harlequin romance, with this underlying cheap sexual tension that I really couldn't take, especially when the book was supposed to be about Christopher Columbus ... There are so many books I want to read, and even if I kind of want to know how the story ends, I guess I will find out through some review with spoilers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Athornton | 1/17/2014

    " This is not an easy book to get started since the book jumps around with ideas so it took a while to get into it. Definitely not a book that you could put down and pick up. I think it would be easier to do large chunks of reading all at once! The ending was definitely a twist but I liked it! "

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About the Author
Author Thomas Trofimuk

Thomas Trofimuk is a writer, editor, and journalism instructor. His first novel, The 52nd Poem, won the Georges Bugnet Award for Best First Novel and the City of Edmonton Book Prize. Doubting Yourself to the Bone, his critically acclaimed second novel was a number-one bestseller (Edmonton Journal) and one of the Globe and Mail’s Best Books of the Year. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, with his wife and daughter.