The Twenty and One Nights

Barbara de la Cuesta 1447393230907


1960s & '70s

Barbara de la Cuesta

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He divorced me, so why is he walking into my kitchen in the middle of suppertime, Carrie yells to her housemate Hester. He fell asleep, he says, he got off the train at the old stop. So then Hester invites him for dinner. Afterward, he falls asleep and stays the night. Next day he’s ill and stays three weeks while Hester jollies him with tales of ex-urban boredom and why she left her husband. Their children look on. And then something awful happens and everything changes.


Comedy, Drama, Family,

Short Summary

Story takes place in an old rented house in town center shared by two divorced women, Carrie and Hester, and their children. One evening Carrie's ex-husband, Ned walks in, having absent-mindedly gotten off the train in the town where he used to live with Carrie.


Central NJ suburb

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message, Happy Ending, Twist

Mature Audience Themes

Substance Abuse, Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: Hester

Age: 40

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring

Additional Character Details

Name: Carrie

Age: 40

Gender: Female

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous

Additional Character Details

Name: Ned

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Aspiring

Additional Character Details

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About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Running Wild Press

Year Published: 2020

Hard Copy Available



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