Written by Jeffrey Fleishman
Fiction - Literary
Trade Paperback, ISBN 978-1-58642-198-4 (1-58642-198-0), 208 pages
$15.95 (CANADIAN $18.95)
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AUTHOR BIOGRAPHYJeffrey 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 2009.
ABOUT THIS BOOK
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.
PRAISEPraise for Shadow Man:
"Fleishman's writing is lyrical and quite lovely. . .[He] uses multiple perspectives and a broken sense of time to build an image of the mind losing its grip on the present." – Los Angeles Times
"Vibrant prose and masterful shifts in narrative temporalities make this psychological-noir a must-read." – Publishers Weekly
"Shadow Man is an exhilarating journey through the mind. The novel darts in and out of the life of a foreign correspondent. In his prime, he bore witness to the fall of the Berlin Wall, the siege of Sarajevo, the first Gulf War; but now, stricken with Alzheimer’s, all he remembers of his life is a trip to Virginia Beach forty years earlier. A girl he kissed as a teenager is more vivid in the addled mind than his own wife. Jeffrey Fleishman’s Shadow Man is a more eloquent exploration of memory than any other book I’ve read, including Julian Barnes’ Man Booker Prize-winning The Sense of an Ending. Dare I say, this is a book I’ll remember for a long time." – Barbara Demick, author of Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea and Logavina Street: Life and Death in a Sarajevo Neighborhood.
”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:
"This trenchant and even poetic first novel conveys a knowing sense of the place, the war, and the lives of war correspondents. But the book is a good deal more than that. It’s a story of fated love, failed politics, and the export of Islamic extremism, and it’s more than a little like the novels of Graham Greene." – Booklist
"Fleishman . . . writes in a telegraphic, staccato style, reminiscent of Hemingway and well suited to the stark realities he depicts. . . . A harsh impressive work." – Kirkus Reviews
"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