To read an excerpt from my novel, An Island Away, see my website at www.danielputkowski.com. Here is a brief look at the story…
San Nicolaas, Aruba: Paradise, but not for amateurs.
Daniel Putkowski takes you far from the sparkling beaches and glamorous hotels to this waning refinery boomtown of barroom brothels, flexible morality, and one tourist trap known as Charlie’s Bar.
In a place that’s more Wild West than tropical paradise, you’ll meet Luz, a young Colombian mother, working as a prostitute to pay off her family’s debt, and Sam, an aging American expatriate looking to perpetuate his flamboyant youth. Together they find Captain Nathan Beck, washed ashore and barely alive after his tugboat sinks in a storm. For each of them, the town of San Nicolaas provides hope amid desperation as they live dangerously and grapple with reality in pursuit of their dreams.
It all unfolds under Charlie’s watchful eye. He knows that on his desert island you have to improvise.
Don’t forget to check out the photos from my book signing at Charlie’s Bar in San Nicolaas, Aruba, and one of the locations from the story. They are HERE. (Yes, again, click on the word “here.”)