Ptolemy Grey is ninety-one years old and has been all but forgotten-by his family, his friends, even himself - as he sinks into a lonely dementia. His grand-nephew, Ptolemy's only connection to the outside world, was recently killed in a drive-by shooting, and Ptolemy is too suspicious of anyone else to allow them into his life. until he meets Robyn, his niece's seventeen-year-old lodger and the only one willing to take care of an old man at his grandnephew's funeral.
But Robyn will not tolerate Ptolemy's hermit-like existence. She challenges him to interact more with the world around him, and he grasps more firmly onto his disappearing consciousness. However, this new activity pushes Ptolemy into the fold of a doctor touting an experimental drug that guarantees Ptolemy won't live to see age ninety-two but that he'll spend his last days in feverish vigor and clarity. With his mind clear, what Ptolemy finds - in his own past, in his own apartment, and in the circumstances surrounding his grand-nephew's death - is shocking enough to spur an old man to action, and to ensure a legacy that no one will forget.
In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Mosley captures the compromised state of his protagonist's mind with profound sensitivity and insight, and creates an unforgettable pair of characters at the center of a novel that is sure to become a true contemporary classic.
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"Mosley's depiction of the indignities of old age is heartbreaking, and Ptolemy's grace and decency make for a wonderful character and a moving novel." - Publishers Weekly
"Baby boomers caring for aged parents, or thinking about their own mortality, will line up for The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. Mosley's fans of any age will also embrace it, and every library will be better for adding it." - Library Journal
"[A] deeply thoughtful, provocative, and often beautiful meditation on aging, memory, family, loss, and love. " - Booklist
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Walter Mosley's books have been translated into at least
twenty-one languages. His popular mysteries featuring Easy Rawlins and his
friend Raymond "Mouse" Alexander began with Devil in a Blue Dress.
It was published by W.W. Norton in 1990, and was nominated for an Edgar. The
TriStar film, "Devil in a Blue Dress," produced by Jonathan Demme,
directed by Carl Franklin, and starring Denzel Washington and Jennifer Beals was
released in the fall of 1995 and garnered critical acclaim and many awards.
Others in the series, A Red Death and White Butterfly were also
nominated for several awards. Black Betty and A Little Yellow Dog
were New York Times bestsellers.
The independent Black Classic Press located in Baltimore, Maryland published the prequel to the Rawlins' series in ...
Walter Mosley: First syllable rhymes with those
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