Marcel Proust in Taos: In Search of Times Past


About the author: Striving for new heights on the literary landscape, along with his late wife Lois, Jon Foyt began writing novels 20 years ago, following careers in radio, commercial banking, and real estate. He holds a degree in journalism and an MBA from Stanford and a second master’s degree in historic preservation from the University of Georgia. An octogenarian prostate cancer survivor, Jon, 81, is a marathon runner (60 completed), hiker, and political columnist in a large active adult retirement community near San Francisco. Jon Foyt is the successful author of 10 fiction books. He currently resides in Walnut Creek, CA

Blurb: Marcel Proust in Taos tells the story of Christopher and Marlene, two recent immigrants to Taos, New Mexico, who falls in love with their adopted city and eventually each other. Christopher, a retired nuclear physicist, works on his first novel, while Marlene, newly arrived from Germany, spends her days painting the landscape and people around her. The two team up to open a microbrewery, and their relationship is tested by the hurdles they deal with along the way: Christopher hits a rough patch in his book, and a powerful enemy of Marlene’s threatens to destroy everything.

Review: I liked the method of storytelling which is very clear, typical New Mexico countryside. The story is about Christopher, a retired nuclear physicist, and his cat, Marcel Proust, move to Taos, New Mexico, where Christopher struggles to reconcile moral issues from his involvement at the Los Alamos nuclear laboratory. He decides to write a novel centered on nuclear terrorism as a cautionary parable for a world that has turned a blind eye to such a scenario. Journey of Christopher and Marlene is a confluence of the disparities and empathies of two introspective people at an unexpected location – strange, yet familiar, and just odd enough to keep pulling the reader along to see where it leads. An exciting story with a bit of historical perspective, a bit of mystery and lots of love. A very compelling, and interesting story! Written with vivid descriptions, and charming, engaging characters. I would recommend this title to readers who enjoy a sweet, tender love story with a dash of action.

Verdict: 4/5

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