Sam Shepard’s Final Fiction

When Sam Shepard died on July 27, it was impossible to believe that we would hear no more of that wise, astringent voice. Granting us respite, this December Knopf will release his final work of fiction, Spy of the First Person (96p. ISBN 9780525521563. $18), which he finished just before his death and which is dedicated to Shepard by his three children. At its tersely beautiful heart is an unnamed narrator, an older man actively dredging up memories but increasingly stilled by the ravages of a disease that leaves him dependent on caretakers—a disease that sounds like the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis that took Shepard’s life. Look for an LJ Xpress review this week.
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Barbara Hoffert About Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (bhoffert@mediasourceinc.com, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.

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