In the pages of #Formentera nothing happens by chance: the sliding doors are a theme in each chapter up until the final twist where everything will be called into question.
Balearic islands: Formentera. The sun slowly sets on the other side of the sea, but never quite disappears at the Big Sur. Colourful scooters ride along the small dirt roads, creating a carefree vortex of colour along the 17 kilometres of coast. Formentera is Giacomo and Gloria’s holiday destination. Giacomo, nicknamed Jack, was born in a tiny village in southern Italy and moved to Milan without a dream or a plan, financially supported by his parents who sacrificed everything to help build a better future for their son.
But Jack never thinks of the future. He does however have his qualities: quick-witted, clever, smart, he knows how to be charming. He knowingly lies, but also knows how to win a girl’s heart. Gloria on the other hand represents love in its purest form, in all its forms.
From a middle class family with no apparent issues, Gloria’s deep love is authentic. The two meet at university in Milan and fall in love. He is her first and she is his opportunity of a lifetime. Just like the branches of the lover’s tree near Cap de Barbaria on Formentera which decrees the authenticity of a love story, in the pages of this book nothing happens by chance: the sliding doors are a theme in each chapter up until the final twist where everything will be called into question. Maybe if they had stayed locked in embrace this book would never have been written. So, fourteen years after the summer that changed everyone’s lives where is Jack? And Gloria? The truth is hidden somewhere on the island, or maybe in the sky.