"In this moving, lyrical, and ultimately uplifting collection of essays, Michael Paterniti turns a keen eye on the full range of human experience, introducing us to an unforgettable cast of everyday people. Michael Paterniti is one of the most original and empathic storytellers working today. His writing has been described as "humane, devastating, and beautiful" by Elizabeth Gilbert, "spellbinding" by Anthony Doerr, and "expansive and joyful" by George...
In picturesque Guzmán, Spain, in a cave dug into a hillside, villagers have gathered for centuries to share stories and secrets. It was here that Michael Paterniti found himself listening to a larger-than-life Spanish cheesemaker spin a tale about an unusual piece of cheese. Reputed to be among the world's finest, it was said to conjure long-lost memories. Then, Ambrosio said, things had gone horribly wrong.