“Of his generation’s metafictioneers, Fred Exley has created the richest and most American body of work …. LAST NOTES tells tales about corruption, confession, and the often terrible beauty of the bonds of love.” - VILLAGE VOICE
Frederick Exley, the splenetic and prodigiously self-destructive narrator and protagonist of A FAN’S NOTES and PAGES FROM A COLD ISLAND, is alive, if not exactly well. In this exhilarating, scalding new novel, Ex recounts his death watch for his older brother, his imprisonment by a nightmarish Irishman, and his sexual enthrallment to a beautiful flight attendant whose lies are even more inventive than his own. Searching compulsively for love and inevitably betraying it, lashing out at the country in which he is perpetually an alien, Exley remains one of the most riveting characters- and mesmerizing writers – in contemporary American fiction.
“[Exley] can weave a number of seemingly unrelated incidents into a single, allusive narrative leading to an unexpected, usually prickly epiphany. His books seem like the loquacious meanderings of one of the more literary and entertainingly cynical, if often terrifyingly frank, guys one might meet in a neighborhood bar…. They reveal themselves as structurally complex, thoroughly imagined, consummate works of art.” -BOSTON GLOBE