There are ghosts that never leave you. The journalist Martín Genovés finds this out firsthand when Lucía, a love from his youth, reappears in his life with a strange request: she wants Martín to find out what happened between the actress Eva Marie Saint and her uncle, Zacarías Gil, an aspiring actor in the Barcelona of the thirties, who wound up at a repertory cinema in the city’s hill. A blurry photo taken in Biarritz and published in Paris Match seems to reveal that Eva Marie and Zacarías had a brief affair after the debut of the film North by Northwest at the 1959 San Sebastian Film Festival. It’s an impossible story and Genovés knows it, but he accepts the challenge because deep down, he is still in love with Lucía. This will be the start of an investigation that will unearth truths, secrets, and betrayals in a stirring and absorbing novel.
A novel that shows how the past isn’t an unalterable truth, how it depends on how we remember it, how we tell it, how we analyze it, why we do so, and what we’re looking for.