The debut novel by author Peter Ferry, Travel Writing, is something of a metafictional detective story narrated from the point of view of a high school English teacher. The teacher takes time off to investigate the death of a young woman.
Peter Ferry will be coming through Ashland, Oregon at the end of January.
Read an interview with Peter Ferry and Rolf Potts here.
The book has been out for a year but was just released in paperback. A lot of writers don’t make it that far because if the hardcover does not sell well, the publisher will not publish a paperback edition. But this novel by Peter Ferry is doing very well and has been getting lots of good reviews.
Dave Eggers, author of several acclaimed books, has this to say about it:
The book is totally captivating and page-turning on one level, completely soulful and honest on another level, beautifully written and in touch with the good living of life (in a Hemingway sort of way) on another level still, and all the while it raises all kinds of fascinating questions about fiction and fact and the writing process (without ever being too clever or coy).
I’m planning to host an event with him. I’m thinking small group of readers as opposed to a Hope-Edelman-style shindig this time (especially because I will have a small nursling when he’s here).
ETA: Peter Ferry’s visit to Ashland was lovely. You can read a brief account of it here.
Published: October 20, 2009
Last update: January 24, 2020