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The Tavern

Can you ever truly know someone…?

Don Florio Conde and his wife Doña María Teresa own a small tavern in Andalucía.

It’s a place where the wealthy brush shoulders with the poor, where people from all walks of life are welcomed with open arms.

Yet behind the smiling faces that greet new customers hides the anger and frustration that María Teresa and her husband feel for each other.

Over twenty years of marriage has left them little more than resentful strangers.

She is a domineering shrew and he a submissive drunkard.

When Florio agrees to let a wealthy patron of the inn, Don Joaquín Saavedra, use their spare room for a discreet liaison with the married wife of the powerful Don Alfredo Fedriani, he dreams of the money and prestige that Don Joaquín’s trust and gratitude will bring.

But when María Teresa hears of the plan, she is horrified.

Unlike other taverns, she has always enforced a strict policy against allowing her rooms to be available for such improper use.

Desperate to retain the tavern’s reputation for respectability, María Teresa refuses to allow the affair to be conducted under her roof.

Unable to see the consequences that might result from offending such a powerful man as Don Joaquín, she manipulates events to make the room unavailable on the night.

Furious at the insult, and the lost opportunity to meet his mistress, Don Joaquín vanishes from the premises and refuses to return, taking the patronage of other wealthy customers with him.

Despairing, Florio spends more and more time away from the tavern, and his wife, drowning himself in wine and letting his eye wander.

Neither is a new occupation for him, but this time the girl who has caught his fancy is none other than the pretty young thing that María Teresa adores.

Set in the Spanish province of Andalucía, The Tavern provides an intimate look into the complicated and often contradictory lives of the men and women connected to one little inn in Granada.

The Odyssey Press is a literary imprint of Endeavour Press – the UK’s leading independent digital publisher. We publish new and classic literary fiction, literary biographies and works with literary tropes and themes.

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