The Door-Man

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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.86 inches | 1.25 pounds
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About the Author
Peter Matthiessen Wheelwright is a writer, educator, and architect. He is a Professor Emeritus at The New School, Parsons School of in New York City where he taught design and wrote on matters of the environment in both the built and natural worlds.As It Is On Earth, his first work of fiction, received a 2013 PEN/Hemingway Honorable Mention for Literary Excellence in Debut Fiction.His architectural work has been widely published, and "The Kaleidoscope House", a modernist dollhouse designed in collaboration with the artist Laurie Simmons, is in the Collection of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art.He comes from a family of writers, naturalists, and architects. His uncle and namesake is the late three-time National Book Award recipient, Peter Matthiessen.
"The Door-Man is a big, deep, beautiful book that ponders the mysteries of identity and existence--where we're from and what we are, and the hidden forces that bind people together and drive them apart. Peter Wheelwright has written a riveting multi-generational saga that is also a meditation on time itself-what it gives and what it takes, and ultimately, what endures."-Catherine Chung, author of Forgotten Country and The Tenth Muse

"Like Richard Powers and Barbara Kingsolver, Peter Matthiessen Wheelwright renders the inextricable connection between natural history and human history in this beautifully layered and richly imagined novel."

-Paula Closson Buck, Author of Summer on the Cold War Planet
"A suspenseful reflection on identity and memory, with their unsparing strangeness and dreamlike fragility, The Door-Man intimates that while time does not heal all, it does elicit forgiveness. Wheelwright reminds us that, like memory itself, life does not progress steadily without opposition, but occurs in unexpected leaps and bounds, seemingly random and always incomplete. A complex and thoughtful book."-Susanna Moore, Author of In the Cut and Miss Aluminum-A Memoir

"Good fiction opens new dimensions and perspectives on our existence, and Peter Wheelwright opens many in The Door-Man in a gripping three-generation saga of an extended family that includes murder, incest, bastard siblings, and all kinds of other skeletons in the closet. A frothy bouillabaisse of narrative history and imaginative storytelling."

-Alex Shoumatoff, editor of

"Like his own award-winning As It Is On Earth, The Door-Man asks each of us to reflect on our place on these American lands and among the people we've variously misunderstood, loved, displaced, or forgotten."

-Derek Furr, author of Semitones and Suite for Three Voices

 "Wheelwright conjures another time and world, a once-here historical intrigue as poignant as memory. Filled with insight, deft detail and wry wit, The Door Man is exactly the novelistic embrace we need in our agitated bewilderment."-John Reed, author of Snowball's Chance