The Reincarnation of Peter Proud
By Max Ehrlich
(North Atlantic Books, Paperback, 9781583943687, 296pp.)
Publication Date: March 20, 2012
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Dr. Peter Proud’s ordinary life as a professor in California is threatened by recurrent dreams that all end the same: with his murder in a lake at night by a mysterious woman named Marcia. These dreams—which he comes to believe may be flashbacks from a previous life—become so disturbing that he seeks answers from a sleep researcher, a clairvoyant, and an expert in psychic phenomena in order to recover his past. But he soon discovers a new dimension to his dilemma while watching a television show called “America, Past and Present”—and realizes the show is set in the town in his dreams. He travels to Springfield, Massachusetts, and comes face to face with the woman from his nightmares. The woman, Marcia Curtis, is shocked to see in Peter personality traits and characteristics that precisely recall those of her dead husband, Jeff, including his voice. Peter meets and falls in love with Marcia’s daughter, Ann, just as Marcia realizes that he is a reincarnation of Jeff. Will a second tragedy occur just as Peter is about to unravel the mystery behind his dreams?
In this classic suspense novel first published in 1973, Max Ehrlich expertly interweaves multiple themes of life after death, romance, tragedy, and altered consciousness into an unforgettable tale.
Max Ehrlich, born in 1909, was a self-made writer whose work encompassed television scripts (Twilight Zone, Star Trek) and numerous novels, including The Big Eye, The Cult, and Spin the Glass Web. He died in 1983.
"A whale of a story.... As spine-tingling a yarn as has surfaced in a long time."
"Some books are great because they capture a story, others a place, and still others a time. Max Ehrlich's Reincarnation of Peter Proud is a great snapshot of the early 70's, with the 'trippy' 60's still reverberating and morphing into burgeoning New Age movement."