The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey by Walter Mosley

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A major literary event-nothing short of a "tour de force" (New York Times) by the acclaimed and beloved author.

Marooned in an apartment that overflows with mementos from the past, 91-year-old Ptolemy Grey is all but forgotten by his family and the world. But when an unexpected opportunity arrives, everything changes for Ptolemy in ways as shocking and unanticipated as they are poignant and profound.


 

About Walter Mosley

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WALTER MOSLEY is one of the most versatile and admired writers in America today. A New York Times –bestselling author, his work has been translated into more than twenty-one languages. Mosley, the winner of an O. Henry Award, a Grammy, and PEN America's Lifetime Achievement Award, lives in New York City.
 
Published November 11, 2010 by Riverhead. 277 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Unable to get services from the landlord who’s frustrated that he can’t raise the rent and afraid to go out alone lest he run into Melinda Hogarth, the crazy addict who keeps mugging him, Ptolemy lives amid an unending flood of uncontrolled memories and associations that render his mind as unusab...

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Novelist Walter Mosley explains how watching his mother's experience with dementia helped him craft his latest novel, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, which asks: Would you repair your failing memory if it meant your life span would also be significantly shortened?

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Examiner

In Walter Mosely's 30th novel the lead character, Ptolemy Grey, is a 91 year old African American man who sets out to honor the last wish of his dear, dead friend and mentor while hoping to make life easier for those who have showed him kindness and gave him strength during his last days.

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Examiner

Living in Los Angeles in a rent controlled building, 91 year-old Ptolemy lives alone.

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Ptolemy immediately begins to rely on her, and they develop a love that Ptolemy notes would have been perfect if he were 50 years younger and Robyn were 20 years older.

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Book Reporter

From lynching to self-eradication is a straight, short line.” But while dealing with reality, a novelist also deals with the human heart in crises, and here is where THE LAST DAYS OF PTOLEMY GREY becomes a great American novel.

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Entertainment Weekly

A series of bizarre plot twists — including a pot of Confederate gold and a doctor who might be Satan — cloud and blur The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey’s story line with a kind of dementia all its own.

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Los Angeles Times

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At the heart of this remarkable new novel is a tragic wisdom — universal in implication, Mosley-specific in expression — summed up by Ptolemy's Mississippi boyhood friend Coydog: "The great man say that life is pain…That mean if you love life, then you love the hurt come along wit' it.

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Los Angeles Times

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(Mosley has been steeped in black history since his days as a student at L.A.'s legendary Victory Baptist Day School, so it's impossible not to see in the doctor's offer Mosley's own awareness of all those black men unknowingly subjected to medical experiments through the years.)

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NJ.com

Ptolemy Grey is 91 and living in squalor in Los Angeles, his South Central apartment reflecting the decay of his mind.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Walter Mosley is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including the long-running Easy Rawlins mysteries (Little Scarlet 4 of 5 Stars Selection Sept/Oct 2004 and Cinnamon Kiss 3.5 of 5 Stars Nov/Dec 2005), the Fearless Jones series (Fear of the Dark 4 of 5 Stars Nov/Dec 2006)...

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Military.com

"The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey" (Riverhead Books, $25.95), by Walter Mosley: It's been more than 20 years since Ptolemy Grey awoke to find his beloved but unfaithful wife, Sensie, lying dead in the bed next to him.

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My San Antonio

The 91-year-old man's life flashes in his mind like a deck of cards shuffled at quicksilver speed in a smoky haze.

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AARP

Enjoy three fun-filled days of activities — and don't-miss concerts by The Temptations, The Four Tops and Shania Twain.

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