The Door-Man

The Door-Man

by Peter Matthiessen Wheelwright
The Door-Man

The Door-Man

by Peter Matthiessen Wheelwright


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Recommended as "One of the Best Books of 2022" by The New Yorker. From the author of As It Is On Earth, 2013 recipient of The PEN/Hemingway Honorable Mention for Literary Excellence in Debut Fiction.

"5 of 5 stars" - Foreword Clarion Reviews

"Wheelwright is a thoughtful, meticulous writer...A scientifically intriguing, dramatic, and challenging read." - Kirkus Reviews

In 1917, during the construction of a large reservoir in the Catskill hamlet of Gilboa, New York, a young paleontologist named Winifred Goldring identified fossils from an ancient forest flooded millions of years ago when the earth's botanical explosion of oxygen opened a path for the evolution of humankind. However, the reservoir water was needed for NYC, and the fossils were buried once again during the flooding of the doomed town.

A mix of fact and fiction, The Door-Man follows three generations of interwoven families who share a deep wound from Gilboa's last days. The story is told by Winifred's grandson, a disaffected NYC doorman working near the Central Park Reservoir during its decommissioning in 1993.

The brief and provisional nature of one's life on earth - as well as the nested histories of the places, people and events that give meaning to it - forms the backdrop to a reckoning with "Deep Time" within the tangled roots and fragile bonds of family.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781953236470
Publisher: Fomite
Publication date: 02/01/2022
Pages: 388
Sales rank: 519,595
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.86(d)

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.
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