4 A.M. End of December . . .
Clinton Street, New York. A lonely goldsmith reflects on his life. He decides to return to his home village in Spain, hoping to see again an older woman with whom he had a passionate affair as a teenager.
Instead he meets a young woman who captivates him instantly. Their affair feels so natural it evokes an eerie familiarity, as if he were playing a role already played out. The Goldsmith's Secret is a remarkable story of a love trapped between parallel times, by a writer with a gift for the impossible.
Elia Barcelo was born in Alicante in 1957 and teaches Spanish Language and Literature at the University of Innsbruck. She made her name in science-fiction, but with books such as Heart of Tango she is fast gaining the wider readership that she so richly deserves.
David Frye's translations include Thine Is the Kingdom (1999) and Distant Palaces (2004) by Cuban novelist Abilio Estevez, and The Curriculum Vitae of Aurora Ortiz (2005) by Spanish novelist Almudena Solana.