The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey

A Novel

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Publisher Description

A masterful, moving novel about age, memory, and family from one of the literary icons of our time.

Coming in March 2022 from Apple Plus , a six-part series starring Samuel L. Jackson

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 hermitlike 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.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2010
November 11
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
288
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Publishing Group
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
2.3
MB

Customer Reviews

Ahdity ,

Loved the book, show measured up

I haven’t read the book in probably a decade, but I think the show did a good job at capturing the essence of the book, although less personal in the mind of Ptolemy. The book really helped me understand Alzheimer’s and how it affects people.

Ancu326 ,

Good read

Read this book for book club and was pleasantly surprised by how well the author depicted each character and formed a very interesting story.

GrandpaSmokey ,

One worth reading several times

What a beautiful tale. I look forward to the gift of finding it in my library years from now and reading it again.

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