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Shadow Man: A Novel Paperback – August 21, 2012
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"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
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Top Customer Reviews
far and seen much as a foreign correspondent but remembers only one poignant
slice of his childhood. Laced with elegant writing and surprising twists, Shadow Man, Fleishman's second novel, opens up the landscape on memory and loss. His mastery of a story within a story rewards with a rare novel: one told with literary verve while moving forward with suspense and intrigue.
I found this story very moving. It is a story both beautiful and sad filled with people that are easy to love and care about. Loss of recent memory is so disorienting, so many of us have either family members or friends who are slowly deteriorating or have been lost with dementia. As we age distant memory seems to move more to the forefront and what we had for lunch has less meaning. In this story James ability to cling to distant memory becomes so painfully beautiful.
Kudos to Jeffery Fleishman, a writer who has crafted a story about love as beautifully as any I have ever read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a moving novel, so beautifully realized and the writing is pure poetry. I often found myself choked up, what a memorable novel.Published 4 months ago by J. Selberg
Enjoyed reading this, although was a little repetitive, but then I'm guessing that was intentional with the nature of the condition it is describing. A quick and easy read.Published 6 months ago by J. Weir
Read it in one sitting. The descriptions of the Jersey Shore and the vagaries of memories of childhood and the journey of dementia are wonderful.Published on January 15, 2013 by C. Miller