The Way Through Doors

By Jesse Ball
(Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780307387462, 240pp.)

Publication Date: February 10, 2009

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“With a spare, mind-bending narrative that unfolds like a nearly endless Chinese scroll painting, The Way Through Doors will grab you by the lapels, continuously revealing new elements and going new places. A gem.”
-- Jamil Zaidi, The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA


With his debut novel, Samedi the Deafness, Jesse Ball emerged as one of our most extraordinary new writers. Now, Ball returns with this haunting tale of love and storytelling, hope and identity.

When Selah Morse sees a young woman get hit by a speeding taxicab, he rushes her to the hospital. The girl has lost her memory; she is delirious and has no identification, so Selah poses as her boyfriend. She is released into his care, but the doctor charges him to keep her awake, and to help her remember her past. Through the long night, he tells her stories, inventing and inventing, trying to get closer to what might be true, and hoping she will recognize herself in one of his tales. Offering up moments of pure insight and unexpected, exuberant humor, The Way Through Doors demonstrates Jesse Ball's great artistry and gift for and narrative.

About the Author
<b>Jesse Ball</b> (1978-) was born in Long Island, the second child of Robert and Catherine Ball. Educated at Vassar College and Columbia University, he has lived at times in Europe, and has worked as an editor, a croupier, a tutor, and a photographer. His first volume, <i>March Book, </i> appeared in 2004, followed by <i>Vera &amp; Linus</i> (2006). His drawings were published in 2006 in Iceland in the volume <i>Og svo kom nottin</i>. Work of his has appeared in many major domestic and international journals, and was included in <i>Best American Poetry 2006</i>. <i>Jesse Ball was a Spy but has Retired to the Country</i>, a website, showcases much work of writing and drawing.
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