The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey

The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey

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

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.



Baker & Taylor
After a doctor touts an experimental drug that will shorten his life, but restore his failing memory and vigor, Ptolemy Grey is spurred to action after investigating his own past, his apartment and the circumstances surrounding his grand-nephew's death in a drive-by shooting.

Blackwell Publishing
At ninety-one years old, Ptolemy Grey is one of the world's forgotten: by his family, by his friends, by even himself. Marooned in a cluttered Los Angeles apartment overflowing with mementoes from his past, Ptolemy sinks deeper into lonely dementia and into a past that's best left buried. He's determined to pass the rest of his days with only his memories for company. Until, at his grandnephew's funeral, he meets Robyn and experiences a seismic shift, in his head, his heart, and his life.

Seventeen and without a family of her own, Robyn is unlike anyone Ptolemy has ever known. She and Ptolemy form an unexpected bond that reinvigorates his world. Robyn will not tolerate the way he has allowed himself to live, skulking in and out of awareness barely long enough to cash his small pension checks, living in fear of his neighbors and the memories that threaten to swallow him. With Robyn's help, Ptolemy moves from isolation back into the brightness of friendship and desire. But Robyn's challenges also push Ptolemy to make a life-changing decision that will affect both of them: to recapture the clarity and vigor of his fading mind and unlock the secrets he has carried for decades.

Already an acclaimed and beloved literary voice, Walter Mosley charts new territory in the exploration of the complex tensions at the heart of race in America. A novel that explores the generosity of love, the influence of memory, and our human desire for connection, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey is a contemporary classic.

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After a doctor touts an experimental drug that will shorten his life, but restore his failing memory and vigor, Ptolemy Grey is spurred to action after investigating his own past, his apartment and the circumstances surrounding his grand-nephew's death in a drive-by shooting. By the best-selling author of The Long Fall.
Ptolemy Grey is a 91-year-old man, suffering from dementia and living as a recluse in his Los Angeles apartment. Then Robyn Small, a 17-year-old family friend, appears and helps clean up his apartment and straighten out his life. A reinvigorated Ptolemyvolunteers for an experimental medical program that restores his mind, and he uses his last days--shortened now by the medical experiment--to delve into the mystery of the recent drive-by shooting death of his great-nephew, Reggie.

Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2010
ISBN: 9781594487729
Branch Call Number: FIC Mosle
Characteristics: 277 p. ; 22 cm

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Mar 03, 2014

I liked this story. As a care-taker for an elderly person, I could relate to the determination of Ptolemy and the dignity and grace he had to do what he had to do before time took it's toll. I often wonder about strong men and women who now have to be diapered and watched over and dismissed go through privately in their conscious understanding about how life has turned out for them to be in this situation. It was eye opening.

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virgogirl73
Aug 25, 2011

All though the end does leave you hanging I thought it was a pretty good read.

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kcarm1
May 21, 2011

91 year old suffering from dementia, treated by the "devil", recalls details of forgotten memories to help Robyn & relatives.

carrilis May 17, 2011

A great read! Surprising in it's content, it's quite a touching story with colorful characters.

debwalker Dec 15, 2010

"This ace crime writer’s latest novel is garnering stellar reviews. A doctor offers Ptolemy, a 91-year-old man suffering from dementia, an experimental drug that will restore his mental faculties, but will also likely kill him within months. What would you do?"
Beach Reads, Mark Medley, National Post

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