Robert, Last Name Unknown

Robert, Last Name Unknown

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A baby boy is born at an orphanage, with only the instructions to call him Robert. No last name. The baby grows up to be a young man, self-taught, with bright ideas, who runs away to find himself. The young girl who loves him helps him escape the orphanage, giving him her own last name of Everhart in exchange for the promise that he will learn her Jewish faith.Starting with a part-time job in a small-town cafe, Robert soon learns he has a keen instinct for business success. He follows his ambition to the United States, where his invention for the mechanics of airplanes earns him a fortune--and the problems that go with it. Soon he is a successful entrepreneur, raising a family of talented sons and trying to balance the demands of business with family life. And the one question that he can't escape--what is his true last name?Told in a distinctive narrative style, this is a heartfelt and suspenseful story of a man finding his own way through the world. As he seeks a life that satisfies him, Robert explores the questions of self that are common to every human being: Is there any sacrifice too great for the sake of his family, his friends, his religion? What legacy will he leave his children?Will he ever return home, to Germany and his true last name?show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 379 pages
  • 139.7 x 215.9 x 25.4mm | 771.1g
  • Vantage Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 0533165164
  • 9780533165162

About Robert Corrales

Robert Corrales was inspired to write this novel during a trip to California. Struggling with depression after being forced into retirement by an illness, he began to see the world around him with new eyes. Everything seemed to have a story to tell, from the cattle to the cactus to the hills beyond. His wife encouraged him to write these ideas, and he began making notes from a lifetime of memories. This book is the result. He is writing a second book, based on his experiences working in the casinos of Las Vegas. Mr. Corrales makes his home in New Mexico with his more