Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Travel Writing, by Peter Ferry
Peter Ferry is a teacher and a travel writer. His book is about a teacher and a travel writer named Peter Ferry. Ferry dedicates his book to his wife, Carolyn, who is also a character in the book. The point, I suppose, is to make you wonder where the line is drawn between personal history and fiction. Ferry tells his English creative writing class a story about seeing a young woman crash her car and die, and his own obsessive quest to find out what drove her to her death. The class spends a lot of time questioning, "Did that part really happen?" Personally, I'd be hard pressed to care. There were a couple of nice travel pieces and lovely little interpersonal vignettes. The photos of Ferry make me wish I'd liked it more. Heald's reading made the book particularly alienating.