Tom Hardy -- personal background

Tom Hardy lived in the Brazil in which the novel is set. He spent what he considers his formative years in Rio and Minas Gerais, and returned twice in midlife on work postings, once unaccompanied to São Paulo and the southern wine country, and then for four years to Rio with his family. He still speaks Portuguese with an unmistakable Carioca accent and dated colloquialisms.  

After Rio, Pam and Tom lived in Connecticut and Manhattan for twenty-five years, and now live in the town of Columbine Valley near Denver. Pam is a social worker and family counselor, and Tom spends his work days practicing the craft of writing. In their leisure time they are avid cyclists and fitness swimmers, and Tom plays high lonesome mandolin solos, while Pam skis and plays golf.

They have two adult sons, both with strong ties to the Rocky Mountain West.

Tom reads literary and historical fiction mostly, with a preference for stories with intriguing characters and settings, written with attention to craft. As a member of Denver's iconic Deep Thinking Men's Book Club, he is forced to expand his literary horizons.

Favorite recent reads include: 

      -- Crossing to Safety, by Wallace Stegner
      -- Celine, by Peter Heller
      -- Paris in the Present Tense, by Mark Helprin
      -- Old School, by Tobias Wolff
       -- The Pacific (and other stories), by Mark Helprin
      -- Moonglow, by Michael Chabon  
      -- All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
      -- Kook, by Peter Heller 
      -- Any Human Heart, by William Boyd
      -- Return to Oakpine, by Ron Carlson
      -- City of Thieves, by David Benioff
      -- Dirt Music, by Tim Winton
      -- Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen
      -- Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett
      -- The Heart of the Matter, by Graham Greene
      -- Solo Faces, by James Salter


      -- Contemporary: "Windchime" by Tony Hoagland
      -- Classical: "Mandalay" by Rudyard Kipling
      -- Whimsical: "Masks" by Shel Silverstein