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End of story

by Abrahams, Peter, 1947-

Format: Large Print 2006
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - East Liberty Large Print Books FICTION Abrahams
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Ivy Seidel dreams of becoming a writer, a great American novelist. But running low on money and concerned that her writing might lack a depth and darkness, she takes a job teaching creative writing -- at a maximum-security prison. It is a world she has never experienced before, one ruled by enigmatic codes of honor, ceaseless aggression and absolutely savage violence.

But one of the prisoners there is unlike any of the others, and unlike any man she has ever met before. Vance Harrow is unique. He is soft-spoken, charismatic and brilliantly talented. Two things trouble Ivy deeply. First, she suspects that Harrow shouldn't be in prison at all. He possesses an intellect that separates him from the other inmates and a selflessness that might just get him killed. Second, he has at the same time deep reservoirs of rage and brutality that seem perfectly in line with the other prisoners -- a dichotomy Ivy finds difficult to reconcile.

Trying to understand the complex picture, perhaps even get some recognition for a writer as gifted as Harrow seems to be, Ivy begins to ask questions. How did such a man end up in prison in the first place? Is he truly guilty? If not, who could have been responsible for putting him there, and why hasn't he tried harder to free himself? But the more questions Ivy asks to free a man she believes to be innocent, the more attention she draws to herself. Soon other people begin to ask questions -- about Ivy Seidel.

In the span of just a few days, Ivy's life will be completely turned upside down. What begins as an inquiry into one man's innocence may explode into a love affair, and what begins as an obsession to save one man's life might just end up costing Ivy her own.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Aspiring New York scribe Ivy Seidel has the right things on her reume--an MFA in creative writing and three summers at a writing workshop--but no published work. Drowning in rejection letters, she isn't sure whether she should identify herself as a writer or a waitress. Then, when a suddenly successful friend offers her his old job as a writing teacher, she seizes it as if it were a lifeline--even though she'll be teaching inmates at Dannemora Prison upstate. The brutality of the place terrifies her, but she is fascinated by her students. One inmate in particular, Vance Harrow, seems to have poetry in his soul. A remarkable story he writes in class leads her to investigate his old life in the outside world, trying to determine how much is truth and how much is fiction. Soon convinced that Harrow is innocent, Ivy embarks on a quest to clear his name, which leads her into a world where the danger is terribly real. Billed as a novel of suspense, End of Story is part thriller, part detective story. It's a slow build, relying more on psychological traps than harrowing escapes, but by the end, it's almost physically impossible to stop turning pages. Abrahams' prose, cool and vivid, keeps the focus exactly where it should be: on the story. --Keir Graff Copyright 2006 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Abrahams (Oblivion) solidifies his reputation as one of the best contemporary thriller writers around with this psychologically deep page-turner evoking the classic noir of Cornell Woolrich. Ivy Seidel, a struggling would-be writer paying the bills by working in a New York City bar, finds herself drawn into an unfamiliar world when she's offered the chance to teach writing at an upstate prison. The na?ve teacher is startled to find that one of her students, convicted robber Vance Harrow, is actually more gifted than she is. Unable to believe that he could be both guilty and such a creative talent, Seidel begins to pick at the stray loose threads surrounding his case-despite Harrow's having pleaded guilty to the violent crime. Abrahams manages to make each individual step that his heroine takes into the twisted maze believable, even if it's clear that she's rapidly approaching a precipice that will threaten her life and her mental state. In 2005, Abrahams published his first children's novel, Down the Rabbit Hole. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Women authors -- Fiction.
English teachers -- Fiction.
Prisoners as authors -- Fiction.
Creative writing -- Fiction.
Code and cipher stories.
Prisons -- Fiction.
Large type books.
Suspense fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Publisher New York :HarperLargePrint,2006
Language English
Description 422 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
ISBN 9780061121340
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