In Light of Ray

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About the author:
Barry Pomeroy is the author of several novels and almost as many collections of short stories. He received his PhD. from the University of Manitoba in 2000 although he refuses to let that be a limitation. He is an itinerant English professor, boat designer and builder, traveller, carver, sometimes mechanic, carpenter, and web designer. As a writer he is responsible for the novel Naked in the Road and the scandalous short story collection The Bloody History of the Fertile Crescent.

In Light of Ray

Authored by Barry Pomeroy
Edition: 1

As his life fragments, and he is fired from his job and fights with his girlfriend, Mexican vacations cannot cheer the nameless narrator of In Light of Ray. In desperation, he decides to follow the cryptic advice of Ray, a shadowy figure he has only met a few times.
His understanding of Ray's obscure suggestions takes him away from his friends and into unemployment, poverty and then homelessness. Drifting around a grittier Vancouver, he begins to think that the only way to fix his life is to die. This scheme to disappear so completely that his problems cannot follow him is profoundly disrupted when he meets Weed, a girl abandoned on Wreck Beach. His initial plan of suicide begins to look less feasible, and he tries to decide, on the basis of Ray's ambiguous statements, whether he should die alone or invite her along.
Ultimately affirming, this novel details a man's drift from the Vancouver streets and the emptiness of dead-end jobs to a choice between embracing community and connection or disappearing into a waiting squalor.

Publication Date:
1987922182 / 9781987922189
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.5" x 8.5"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / Literary

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