A Person of Letters

A Person of Letters

by Ron Thompson

NOOK Book(eBook)

View All Available Formats & Editions

Available on Compatible NOOK Devices and the free NOOK Apps.
WANT A NOOK?  Explore Now
LEND ME® See Details


There is something odd about him. He’s a genius with numbers, and he’s fascinated by words, but he just doesn’t get people. With all their coded talk and body language they are a lifelong mystery, a black box without a key. That’s why he gravitated years ago to the backrooms of finance; he was comfortable there, calculating risk and designing derivatives. Credit default swaps and mortgage-backed securities were far less complicated than other human beings.

Now it is 2008, and global markets are melting down, but he’s no longer thinking up derivatives. He’s written a book, an historical epic—the long-awaited Great Canadian Novel, if only he could get it published. He’s struck out at every turn, and the uncertainty is eating him up. He is beset by doubt, unsure about his talent and the choices he has made. What’s more, he’s got a horrendous case of writer’s block. He can’t seem to get going on his next great epic. “You’re a writer,” his friend counsels. “Write your way out of it.” And so he does, beginning with his own story, reflecting on his choices and where they have led, his obsessions, his writing quest; and Genny, the great love of his life. His is a rollercoaster journey that wends from the western prairie through the halls of Oxford, to London, the Kalahari, and Wall Street on 9/11; and finally to refuge in Toronto’s Little Poland, where he’s gone off-grid and possibly off the rails.

How does a man with no name become a person of letters? Is he naïve, crazy, or just over-medicated? A Person of Letters is a rollicking riff on creativity and idealism, a deliciously icy snowball aimed at writing and publishing in the digital age.

Related collections and offers

Product Details

BN ID: 2940152346527
Publisher: Ron Thompson
Publication date: 09/10/2015
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 317 KB

About the Author

Ron Thompson was born in Saskatchewan. After training as a naval officer on Canada's Pacific coast and backpacking across Europe, he spent two years working as a CUSO volunteer on the margins of the Kalahari Desert. He subsequently pursued a career in Canada and internationally as an economist, investment banker and consultant. He lives in Toronto. Ron is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Toronto, the London School of Economics, and the Humber School for Writers. A Person of Letters is his first novel. His second, Poplar Lake, will be published by Martin Scribler Media in 2016.

Customer Reviews