A man adrift on a catamaran in the Gulf of Mexico is rescued and brought to a care facility in the Yucatan run by an unconventional Jesuit. The man seems to remember nothing of his past except his name. To speed his recovery, the priest engages him in searching conversations and introduces him to a captivating woman who runs a school for children. As their three lives intertwine and their secrets come to light, they become entangled in a complex web of emotions. Told in poetic prose, The Castaway continues the story begun in Sunset in Sarasota. A romantic tale whose parable-like quality recalls the fiction of Paulo Coelho and Hermann Hesse, it explores the nature of memory, beauty, love and friendship, and offers a profound affirmation of the healing power of words.
Piero Rivolta has been a poet throughout his life. A love of beauty and elegant design have underscored his many successful careers, from creating luxury Italian sportscars to raising horses in the Italian countryside to operating a fabric mill in Brazil. In Sarasota, Florida, Rivolta has distinguished himself as a developer of residential communities and commercial properties, and as a builder of custom-designed luxury yachts. Rivolta’s adventurous spirit led him to sail his own yacht across the Atlantic Ocean when he moved from Italy to the United States. His passion for exploring the human spirit and pursuing deeper questions of meaning continue to inspire his life and his writing.
Praise for The Castaway
The Castaway was honored as an Award-Winning Finalist in the "Literary Fiction" category of the 2010 International Book Awards, and received an Honorable Mention at the Paris Book Festival in the "General Fiction" category.