David Nicholls meets Almodovar meets LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE in this moving and achingly funny novel of friendship and heartbreak from one of Spain's most beloved authors.
WINNER OF AN ENGLISH PEN AWARD
Dani Mosca is 40 and his father has just died.
Fulfilling his father's last wishes, Dani embarks on a road trip back to his childhood village, a three-hour hearse journey from Madrid. Leaving behind the busy streets of the city for the deserted, archaic heart of Spain, Dani revisits the key junctions of his life: his conflicted relationship with a pragmatic and authoritarian father; the mystery of his birth; his school years in the repressed atmosphere of Catholic Spain; the origin of his band and its early successes; the emptiness left by a tragically lost friendship; his great loves.
Laugh-out-loud funny, deeply moving and featuring an unforgettable cast of characters - from Ecuadorian drivers to Spanish Bowie lookalikes - ROLLING FIELDS is a novel full of the grace and messiness of life: brave, exciting and completely irresistible.
Trueba writes about everyday life with a redemptive epic while avoiding sentimental pornography and cynicism. He wants to know who he is while we the readers try to figure out how is it possible that his experience of life looks so much like ours. - Carlos Zanon, El Pais
Outstanding. Trueba has an instinct to extract from the language its paradoxes with a grace that comes only from a delicate attention to people's conversations. - J.M. Pozuelo Yvancos, ABC
A funny and bitter novel, full of intelligence and energy... Brave, exciting, and realistic. - Daniel Gascon, Letras Libres
DAVID TRUEBA is a writer and film director. He is the author of five novels, all of them wildly popular in Spain and widely translated. His latest film, Vivir es facil con los ojos cerrados, was longlisted in the Best Foreign Film category at the Oscars in 2015 and won Goya Awards for Best Film, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.