As a child, Marian Lindberg’s favorite bedtime story was her father’s tale of his stepfather, the greater adventurer Walter Lindberg, who braved the Amazon jungle in search of diamonds and gold, only to be eaten by cannibals — or murdered by his business partners. It wasn’t clear which ending was true, because Walter’s body was never found.
As Marian grew older, she began to detect a curious lack of evidence to corroborate the legend. Marian’s parents were surprisingly tight-lipped about other aspects of their past, leaving gaping holes in her understanding of the family history. After working as a journalist and lawyer, Marian endeavored to fact-check her own bedtime story and unraveled a character more complicated than she could have imagined. Her father had never known the truth, but now the daughter knew the family secret, including Walter’s real role in Brazil.
When Marian followed the paper trail to Brazil, she found herself enveloped by the extraordinary land and people as Walter must have been. Perhaps the questions about her family’s mysterious past weren’t best answered by another document, but by experiencing the enchantment of Brazil firsthand.
Sharply observant, wrought with honesty, and sweeping in its ambitions, The End of the Rainy Season is a powerful examination of identity and human relationships, with nature and between one another.