Days after arriving in Barcelona, Niki’s world is upended when her fiancé calls off the engagement. Unwilling to face a looming assault charge in Toronto, she turns to life on the streets. Living among pickpockets, squatters and graffiti artists in a city she barely knows, she is challenged to reassess her ideas about family and art. With the help of a passionate Catalan separatist who dreams of building a new country, Niki realizes that starting her life over from scratch could be an opportunity.
"Proof I Was Here explores themes of ephemerality, loss, and renewal. In sparse, steady prose, Blake reminds us of how layered, complex, and pain-filled our lives can be."
"Proof I Was Here offers an interesting twist on the conventional expat narrative. This vibrancy imbues the novel with freshness and an energy that helps propel it toward a satisfying conclusion."
"Broken hearts, complicated friendships, freeganism (fascinating idea), and dysfunctional familial relationships. This book was my perfect kind of escape read."