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Traveling Light

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Paula Makaikis is ashamed of her marriage. Driven out of their bedroom by Roger’s compulsive hoarding, she has spent the past ten years sleeping downstairs on her husband’s ratty couch. Distant and uninspired, Paula is more concerned with the robins landing on her office window ledge than her hard-earned position at the university. Until a phone call changes everything.A homeless Greek man is dying in a Queens hospital and Paula is asked to come translate. The old man tells her of his beloved dog, Fotis, who bit a police officer when they were separated. Paula has never considered adopting a dog, but she promises the man that she will rescue Fotis and find him a good home. But when Fotis enters her life she finds a companion she can’t live without. Suddenly Paula has a dog, a brand-new Ford Escape, an eight-week leave of absence, and a plan.So Fotis and Paula begin the longest drive of their lives. In northern Minnesota, something compels her to answer a help-wanted ad for a wildlife rehabilitation center. Soon Paula is holding an eagle in her hands, and the experience leaves her changed forever. An inspiring story about fate, family, and healing, this novel explores what is possible when we cut the ties that hold us down and the heart is free to soar. Traveling Light by Andrea Thalasinos is an inspiring story about fate, family, and healing.
Paula Makaikis is ashamed of her marriage. Driven out of their bedroom by Roger’s compulsive hoarding, she has spent the past ten years sleeping downstairs on her husband’s ratty couch. Distant and uninspired, Paula is more concerned with the robins landing on her office window ledge than her hard-earned position at the university. Until a phone call changes everything.A homeless Greek man is dying in a Queens hospital and Paula is asked to come translate. The old man tells her of his beloved dog, Fotis, who bit a police officer when they were separated. Paula has never considered adopting a dog, but she promises the man that she will rescue Fotis and find him a good home. But when Fotis enters her life she finds a companion she can’t live without. Suddenly Paula has a dog, a brand-new Ford Escape, an eight-week leave of absence, and a plan.So Fotis and Paula begin the longest drive of their lives. In northern Minnesota, something compels her to answer a help-wanted ad for a wildlife rehabilitation center. Soon Paula is holding an eagle in her hands, and the experience leaves her changed forever. An inspiring story about fate, family, and healing, this novel explores what is possible when we cut the ties that hold us down and the heart is free to soar. Traveling Light by Andrea Thalasinos is an inspiring story about fate, family, and healing.

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Publish date: Jul 16, 2013
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Tis is a work of fiction. All of the characters, organizations, and eventsportrayed in this novel are either products of the author’simagination or are used fictitiously.RAVELING LIGHCopyright © 2013 by Andrea Talasinos All rights reserved. A Forge Book Published by om Doherty Associates, LLC175 Fifth AvenueNew York, NY 10010  www .tor-forge.com Forge
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is a registered trademark of om Doherty Associates, LLC.ISBN 978-0-7653-3302-5 (hardcover) ISBN 978-1-4299-6655-9 (e-book) Forge books may be purchased for educational, business,or promotional use. For information on bulk purchases, please contactMacmillan Corporate and Premium Sales Department at 1-800-221-7945 extension 5442 or write specialmarkets@macmillan.com.First Edition: July 2013Printed in the United States of America 0 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
 
CHAPTER 1
It had started out as one of the last quiet days of August. Downon West 4th Street overlooking Washington Square Park, Paula Makaikis worked as director of the Center for Immigrant Studiesat NYU. Te maples were beginning to singe red and orange; it was the twilight in between seasons right before the start of thenew semester, when autumn surprises everyone with the first few mornings of chilly, fresh air.Paula was struggling to relax by sneaking a cigarette. She staredout the offi ce window, blowing smoke out the sullied bluish-black edge of the window screen. While relieved the staff was gone for an early birthday lunch,the sting of their backhanded invitation still lingered. Tey’dgone to the Tai place everyone raved about. Paula likened thefood to the detritus one clears from a kitchen sink.“Paula?” Guillermo, the associate director, had asked. “You will join us, no?He’d smirked and stepped back, folding his armsand shaking his sandy-colored pin curls. Tis was the man she’dcalled in every favor to hire, despite allegations he was a prima donna and intellectual lightweight. Tey’d believed he was bank-ing on the legacy of his great-granddad who’d been assassinated,a leftist president from some Latin American country. Te associ-ate director’s smirk also triggered a dimple that he knew to strate-gically turn toward the young grad assistants, through whomPaula guessed he was working his way. A shaft of sunlight hadbroken through autumn’s early rain cloud, backlighting Guiller-mo’s hair as if he stood center stage in
 Jesus Christ Superstar.

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