Shadow Man

Shadow Man

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Foreign correspondent James Ryan was there whenever the world changed: in the Middle East, in the Balkans, in the former Soviet bloc. But now he can't remember these events; he can't recall anything long-term, except the summer of his fifteenth year following his mother's death. It was the summer his father told him to call him Kurt. The summer the mysterious and enchanting Vera burst into their lonely, quiet lives. The summer his own world opened, then irrevocably changed. James, at fifty-two, suffers from a severe case of early onset Alzheimer's. The novel unravels James's predicament through the clear glimpses he retains of that long ago summer, and through the desperate attempts of his wife and his nurse to bring him back to the present, if only for stolen moments. Each has her motives: his wife trying not to lose the man with whom she shared so much - wars, death, love, loss of a child, history. And his nurse, the half sister he never knew he had, needing James's adolescent memory to understand the biological father and mother she never met. Told from the perspective of a man betrayed by his own mind, "Shadow Man" is a novel of identity and suspense that travels across continents and deep into the pasts that make us each who we are. It explores the power of memory to heal and to mask, and of the limits of unconditional love. Set in Philly and the eastern shore of yesteryear, in the Middle East, and throughout Eastern Europe, Fleishman's trademark descriptive but spare lyricism shines. "Shadow Man" is a touching and haunting novel perhaps most similar to "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," though it is a work of more

Product details

  • Paperback | 198 pages
  • 137.16 x 200.66 x 17.78mm | 204.12g
  • Steerforth Press
  • Hanover, New Hampshire, United States
  • English
  • 1586421980
  • 9781586421984
  • 2,457,964

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Praise for Shadow Man: "Effortless elegance powers Jeffrey Fleishman's prose, lending it a dreamy grace. He brings you along into this other world, in which mystery and the mind are the same, and at times you feel as though your guide is Marguerite Duras or perhaps Michael Ondaatje." - Steve Lopez, author of "The Soloist " "Shadow Man" is the unforgettable story of an extraordinary man with almost no memory. Jeffrey Fleishman, a prize winning journalist in his day job, tells the haunting tale of a famous foreign correspondent who has covered wars and revolutions, sailed boats up the Nile and made love in the desert night, but has become a cipher to the two women who love him most. His once boundless world exists now only in fleeting visits to a long-ago summer that ended the life he knew. As finely crafted and skillfully woven as a Flemish tapestry, "Shadow Man "is a treasure to be savored and shared. - Bob Drogin, author of "Curveball: Spies, Lies, and the Con Man who Caused a War" Praise for "Promised Virgins" "Fleishman . . . writes in a telegraphic, staccato style, reminiscent of Hemingway and well suited to the stark realities he depicts. . . . A harsh impressive work." ("Kirkus Review" ) "Syriana-esque...The specter of 9/11 hangs over Fleishman's account of war, which is often filled with rich and provocative insights." ("Publishers Weekly" ) "It reads like the truth because Jeffrey Fleishman is the real deal. He's a . . . major talent." (David Zucchino, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Thunder Run ")show more

About Jeffrey Fleishman

Jeffrey Fleishman, a Harvard Nieman fellow and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, is a foreign correspondent for The Los Angeles Times, currently serving as the paper's Cairo bureau chief. He has covered wars in Kosovo, Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan. His first novel, Promised Virgins: A Novel of Jihad, was published in more

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