The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey

The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey

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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 Ptolemy volunteers 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
1594487723
Characteristics: 277 p. ; 22 cm

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tavkaa
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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ellensix Apr 06, 2016

“The great man say that life is pain,“ Coydog had said over eighty-five years before. "That mean if you love life, then you love the hurt come along wit’ it. Now, if that ain’t the blues, I don’t know what is.”

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