New York Times bestselling author of The Hundred Foot Journey
Richard C. Morais is the New York Times bestselling author of The Hundred-Foot Journey and Buddhaland Brooklyn. Now, in his latest novel, THE MAN WITH NO BORDERS, he draws heavily on his own experiences to craft a story of forgiveness and redemption, in which a dying man comes to terms with his mortality and long-buried family secrets.
A story informed by his own life as a “Man With No Borders.” Richard Morais describes himself as “an American who was born in Portugal, raised in Switzerland, the youngest of four boys born to expat American mother and a Portuguese-Canadian father.” When he began college at Sarah Lawrence at age 16, he had never lived in the U.S. before. Later he would serve as both the editor of Barron’s Penta and the European bureau chief for Forbes. And in 2015, Morais was named Citizen Diplomat of the Year—the highest honor granted by Global Ties U.S., a private-public partnership sponsored by the U.S. State Department—“for promoting cross-cultural understanding in all of his literary work.”
Inspiration from a legendary fisherman—his father. Morais’ father gained international acclaim as a fisherman—in Iceland he was known as “The Professor,” a respectful hat-tip to his knowledge and skill. In Morais’ youth, they traveled the world together– to Ireland, Scotland, Iceland, and Canada – in pursuit of Atlantic salmon. “What compelled me to write the book was a story my father used to tell me when I was a boy. My family was stationed in Spain, and northern Spain actually had really good salmon rivers. When Franco fished, he would have the river closed down three weeks before he showed up, so that the fish were practically jumping into his lap. My father knew this and he’d book the river immediately after Franco. In that way he was guaranteed to have the second best fishing in all of Spain. That story started THE MAN WITH NO BORDERS.”
Money, family, secrets—dramas are laid bare by an award-winning financial journalist. Morais knows the world of high finance. He was both the editor of Barron’s Penta, a glossy magazine for wealthy families, and Forbes’s European Bureau Chief, the magazine’s longest-serving foreign correspondent, stationed in London for 18 years. Bringing this deep real-world knowledge to writing this novel—the story of a private banker in the business of keeping clients’ “family secrets” who also must come to terms with his own—the often devastating machinations of high finance come alive on the page.
Richard C. Morais was both the editor of Barron’s Penta and the European bureau chief for Forbes, and he has won three Business Journalist of the Year Awards. His literary works were semifinalists in the William Faulkner–William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition and short-listed for Britain’s Ian St. James Award. In 2015, Morais was named Citizen Diplomat of the Year—the highest honor granted by Global Ties U.S., a private-public partnership sponsored by the U.S. State Department—“for promoting cross-cultural understanding in all of his literary work.” The Hundred-Foot Journey, which featured “the kind of descriptive writing that makes reading a gastronomic event” (Washington Post), was adapted into a 2014 film starring Helen Mirren. Morais’ sophomore novel Buddhaland Brooklyn is in development as a premium TV series with K&L Productions