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A Book We Love: Last Days of Ptolemy Grey

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Christina, Lakewood Library

Last Days of Ptolemy Grey by Walter Mosley

Ptolemy is 91, a recluse living alone and falling fast into dementia when this story begins.  Confused and scared, his apartment is filled with filth and bugs.  A family friend, Robyn Small, 17 years old, comes into his life and both find needed friendships.  Robyn helps Ptolemy clean up his apartment.  A reinvigorated Ptolemy volunteers for an experimental medical program that will restore his mind, but at hazardous cost: he won't live to see 92.  Mosley's depiction of the indignities of old age is heartbreaking and Ptolemy carries off these indignities with grace and decency.