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copyright 2005; Ballantine Books publishers, New York; hardbound in tan and red boards with gilt stamp lettering along spine; very good condition with unmarked pages; dust jacket very good.


Description -

The Poet of Tolstoy Park is the 2005 debut novel of Sonny Brewer, published by Ballantine. The novel, inspired by the life of Henry Stuart, who moved from Idaho to Alabama in the 1920s after being told incorrectly that he had a year to live, has made Stuart's Alabama home a site of pilgrimage for its readers. The book has been optioned for a film and as of 2007 was in pre-production.


Plot -

The book begins in Nampa, Idaho, with Henry Stuart having just learned that he has one to two years to live because he has non-contagious tuberculosis. Told he will be more comfortable in a warmer climate, Stuart leaves his two grown sons to relocate to Fairhope, Alabama. When he arrives, he finds that the land he has purchased sight unseen hosts only a barn.


He decides to build a house, on property he names "Tolstoy Park" in honor of Leo Tolstoy, who had himself become a wandering ascetic in the months before his death. An amateur poet and an eccentric, Stuart sheds his materialism for a life of contemplation, one which extends much longer than Stuart expected.


SKU: BS68r
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