“Lou Mindar’s novellas are my new escape.” —Amazon Review
In three ambitious and beautifully rendered novellas, author Lou Mindar takes the reader on a journey of grief, loneliness, heartache, passion, redemption, and self-discovery. Through trials and tribulations, Mindar’s characters find peace and grace in some of the most unlikely locales and situations. His deceptively simple and direct prose tells stories that are familiar, yet extraordinary; unadorned, yet evocative.
In Tierra del Fuego, a young husband is faced with the reality that his recently deceased wife had been unfaithful. Grappling with his grief and the anger he feels over his wife’s betrayal, he begins driving south from his home in Chicago, and doesn’t stop until the road ends in extreme southern Argentina.
Lake of the Falls is the story of a workaholic attorney who pours himself into his work to avoid the complications and disappointments of his life. But during a trip back to his hometown in northern Wisconsin, he must face a decades-long feud with his father, which is only complicated when he runs into an old high school flame.
In Back on the Road, three friends—all recent college graduates—set out on a road trip inspired by Jack Kerouac’s book, On the Road. They plan to spend most of the summer traveling across the country, seeking adventure and putting off adulthood, but sometimes, even the best laid plans don’t turn out as intended.
“Tierra del Fuego is a sparsely and beautifully written novella about what it takes to overcome loss and how travel and new experiences can bring one back to life. Mindar captures, in this short book, the essence of what it means to be human and to discover that no one person’s grief is greater than another’s. Love and loss are universal, and so is hope.” – Melanie Neale
“Mr. Mindar’s prose is freighted with just enough detail to make his scenes feel tangible. His sentences never feel forced or over-written.” — Nick Rupert