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The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey (Paperback)

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Ptolemy Grey is a nonagenarian wading through the confusion of dementia, lost within moments of fear, anger, sadness, and simple joy. When his caretaker-nephew Reggie is killed in a seemingly random act of violence, Ptolemy's life is upturned and transformed. With the help of his new advocate Robyn, a strong young woman who is willing to guide him out of darkness, Ptolemy is able to get an experimental treatment that renews his mind—and his desire to see youthful pledges fulfilled and heartbreaking wrongs set right. The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey explores the intersection of past and present, with Walter Mosley skillfully blending the two to make a poignant narrative that ultimately asks us to define family and loyalty, and in asking breathes new life into our notions of obligation and love.

— From Jaclyn Taylor


Soon to be an Apple Plus series starring Samuel L. Jackson, a masterful, moving novel about age, memory, and family from one of the true literary icons of our time.

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 the Author

Walter Mosley is one of America’s most celebrated, beloved, and bestselling writers. His books have been translated into at least twenty-one languages, and have won numerous awards. Born in Los Angeles, Mosley lives in New York City.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781594485503
ISBN-10: 159448550X
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: November 1st, 2011
Pages: 288
Language: English