Patient 002

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Fiction. "After writing piercing and lucid memoirs and poems about his struggles with a neurological disorder, Skloot returns to fiction in his first novel in 10 years [PATIENT 002] to ponder the anguished yet sometimes munificent revelations of illness, while taking a few shots at the pharmaceutical industry. A helicopter pilot in Vietnam and an athletic and fiery opinion analyst in Portland, Oregon, Sam is afflicted with a cruelly marauding virus that is obliterating his physical strength and mental acuity. He...
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SIGNED in person, a fine, new trade paperback book. This is a medical thriller about human medical research from the patient's perspective and how drugs are tested on humans. A ... first-rate plot with believable characters, plenty of action, and entertaining reading by the author of three novels, three memoirs, and five books of poetry. Read more Show Less

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Fiction. "After writing piercing and lucid memoirs and poems about his struggles with a neurological disorder, Skloot returns to fiction in his first novel in 10 years [PATIENT 002] to ponder the anguished yet sometimes munificent revelations of illness, while taking a few shots at the pharmaceutical industry. A helicopter pilot in Vietnam and an athletic and fiery opinion analyst in Portland, Oregon, Sam is afflicted with a cruelly marauding virus that is obliterating his physical strength and mental acuity. He signs up for a drug trial, hoping for a miracle cure, as does the hyperchatty Tracy, who seems to be getting better until the program is abruptly aborted by the perhaps speciously named Physicians for Ethical Research. Sam, abetted by Jessica, who is equally skilled in therapeutic massage and computer hacking, decides to fight back. Skloot turns an involving tale of the mind-body puzzle with a magnetic cast of unusual characters into an archly funny caper, infusing this masterfully understated, tender, and shrewd tale of love and healing with insight, compassion, and a touch of righteous indignation."-Donna Seaman, Booklist.
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Chris Bohjalian
"Patient 002 is an absolutely riveting novel. I'm not sure what I savored more: The way I was frenetically turning the pages, or all I was learning about the ways drugs are tested on humans. This is a terrific book: A thriller that is at once literary and spellbinding, and an exploration of the desperate hope we now bring to modern medicine."--(Chris Bohjalian, bestselling author of Midwives and The Double Bind.)
Diana Abu-Jaber
"Captivating story-telling infused with taut, real-life drama. Floyd Skloot's characters get a grip on you and they don't let go. A wonderful read."--(Diana Abu-Jaber, author of Crescent and The Language of Baklava)
Thane Rosenbaum
"With Patient 002, we are reminded once again that Floyd Skloot is one of America's finest underrated writers. This is a novel of great sensitivity and depth, with characters who feel real and for whom we feel great compassion. So much of Skloot's writings display a mastery of human pain and the way in which people live with damage and great dignity. And yet the unpleasant symptoms of his fictional world are miraculously contained within stories that are engaging, humorous, and life-affirming. If novels were meant to be agents of healing, then Patient 002 is the perfect pill for a house call."--(Thane Rosenbaum, author of The Golems of Gotham, Second Hand Smoke, and Elijah Visible)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979209161
  • Publisher: Rager Media
  • Publication date: 4/27/2007
  • Pages: 288

Meet the Author

Floyd Skloot

Floyd Skloot is a creative nonfiction writer, poet, and novelist whose work has appeared in such distinguished magazines as The New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Poetry, American Scholar, Georgia Review, Sewanee Review, Southern Review, Boulevard, Virginia Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, Creative Nonfiction, and Shenandoah. His fifteen books include the memoirs In the Shadow of Memory (University of Nebraska Press, 2003), A World of Light (University of Nebraska Press, 2005), and The Wink of the Zenith: The Shaping of a Writer's Life (University of Nebraska Press, 2008); the poetry collections The Evening Light (Story Line Press, 2001), Approximately Paradise (Tupelo Press, 2005), The End of Dreams (Louisiana State University Press, 2006), Selected Poems: 1970-2005 (Tupelo Press, 2008), and The Snow's Music (Louisiana State University Press, 2008); and the novels Summer Blue (Story Line Press, 1994) and Patient 002 (Rager Media, 2007). He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Beverly Hallberg, a master gardener and landscape painter, whose light-filled works cross between impressionistic and abstracted styles.

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"I live in a small round house in the middle of 20 acres of forest on a hillside in remote western Oregon. My wife, Beverly, built the place before we were together. The silence, the isolation, the beauty all around me, the lack of edges to the space we live in, and the intimacy with which we live are all powerfully inspiring for my work."

"I'm a lifelong baseball fan, having grown up in Brooklyn when the Dodgers were still there, having played through my freshman year in college, having dreamed of covering center field for the Dodgers."

"I delight in reading baseball books and studying stats. I have a growing collection of old-time baseball caps and usually wear one when I write."

"My daughter, Rebecca Skloot, is also a writer. She's published her science writing widely, has been an editor and teacher, and is currently working on a nonfiction book under contract with Crown Books."

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    1. Hometown:
      Amity, Oregon
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 6, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Brooklyn, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Franklin & Marshall College, 1969; M.A., Southern Illinois University, 1971
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