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Jay Ebben lives in a sleepy neighborhood in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his wife, his kids, and a big, fluffy dog. He has taught at the University of St. Thomas since 2002, where he is an associate professor of entrepreneurship.
In 2011, Jay Ebben received a Fulbright Scholarship to teach in Slovenia, and he and his wife packed up and moved there for five months . . . with three kids in tow under the age of four. His interest in exploring medieval villages and the mountain towns across the Balkans have led him and his family back several times since.

At home, he and his son are working toward their Soo Bahk Do black belts, and he volunteers as an assistant beekeeper at the Tamarack Nature Center. He often daydreams about weekends on the North Shore and paddling trips in the Quetico.
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Nook ebook
ISBN: 978-1-942497-26-4
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-942497-28-8
Pages: 171 / Paperback & eBook
Fiction: Young Adult: Coming of Age
Cover Price: $12.95
Print Book Distribution: Ingram


When Wilber Jansen was thirteen years old, he had a strange and vivid dream about a vineyard with a cricket field in Slovenia. He told his best friend, Sasha, about it the next day, and she responded, “That sounds like the place where we should get married!” With those words, Wilber suddenly found himself with a new direction in life: he was in love with Sasha and intent on marrying her.

But Sasha and her family moved away to Europe and Wilber lost touch with her. The dream about the vineyard revisited him every night—in each dream Sasha would be there waiting for him. Every morning he’d awaken with the hope that one day he would find her.

Now, it’s six years later and Wilber is attending college, where he, serendipitously, stumbles across an opportunity to attend a week-long beekeeping class in Slovenia. He realizes that this is his chance—he could go to Slovenia and find the vineyard from his dream. Maybe Sasha will actually be there waiting for him!
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"Witty, funny and refreshingly sentimental..."

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Last Call in the City of Bridges
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