Charting the Relationships in The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey

I re-read Walter Mosley’s The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey yesterday for the Bedrosian Book Club Podcast. Mosley is such a gifted and subtle writer, and I really liked this book the first time I read it. Rereading it was rewarding, too.

It’s a sprawling novel, and it is a little difficult to follow all the relationships. One of the negative reviews of the book, which seems to be one of those reviews that get written without anybody actually reading the damn book said “Mosely doesn’t seem to know what kind of book he wants to write here.” What does that even mean? Why does Mosely have to pick a ‘type’ of book?

Or is this one of those rules that apply to black authors but not writers, wink wink?

In order to understand all the relationships, I made a hybrid family tree and network graph. People in color are those characters that I thought were particularly important.

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