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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (285 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Ferry Narrator: Anthony Heald Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Pete Ferry teaches high school English in the wealthy suburb of Lake Forest outside of Chicago and moonlights as a travel writer. On his way home after work one evening, he witnesses a car accident that kills a beautiful woman named Lisa Kim. But was it an accident? Could Pete have prevented it? And did it actually happen, or is this just an elaborate tale he concocts to impart the power of story to his students? Why can’t he stop thinking about Lisa Kim? And what might his obsession with her mean to his relationship with his girlfriend, Lydia?

With humor, tenderness, and suspense, Travel Writing takes readers on fascinating journeys, both geographical and psychological, as it delves into the notion that the line between fact and fiction is often negotiable. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Imagination and literal truth collide intriguingly in this Chinese-box puzzle…This is a witty novel about its own provenance, an exploration of the ambiguous ways in which the writer’s imagination works…Novel or not-novel, it’s one hell of a fictional debut.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Assertions that all the world’s stories have been told are challenged in this unique novel, one which examines storytelling itself…As the voice of Pete, Anthony Heald is the epitome of an eloquent everyman. Heald shifts his tone seamlessly as he captures all the variations on the ‘travel writing’ of the title with a confident, capable performance. Part personal (and, of course, literal) exploration, part murder mystery, and part metaphysical examination of writing itself—this novel and Heald’s delivery of it are certainly worth the trip.”


  • “Ferry’s undeniably clever debut novel, full of metafictional razzle-dazzle…Listeners with a taste for fiction about fiction will find ample rewards…If you buy strictly on merit, though, go for it.”

    Library Journal

  • “A winning first novel…Ferry’s prose is so entrancing, his mild-mannered yet covertly audacious hero is so compelling, there is nothing intrusive or pretentious about this metafiction setup…A mordently funny and diabolically smart novel of happenstance and responsibility.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Siobhan Fallon | 2/18/2014

    " A really different kind of book that grabs you from the first paragraph. The protagonist, Peter Ferry (yes, same name as the actual author), is a mild mannered teacher who catches a glimpse of a woman just before she dies. He is haunted by her death, and tries to figure out her brief, unpredicatble, and sometimes dangerous life. The haunting becomes an obsession that makes him question the difference between reality and fiction. Sort of a deconstruction of life and art, but not in an unapproachable or too-scholarly way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dragana | 2/8/2014

    " Oh well, nice enough... category "think global, buy/borrow local", or "unplanned easy read b/c it drops names of Chicago North Shore locales" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sarah | 1/29/2014

    " I didn't really like it until the end. But the end made me glad I had kept reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Wendi | 1/25/2014

    " I listened to the audio version of this book in the car, and it was fabulous! Ferry weaves an incredibly interesting story. I often found myself hanging out in the parking lot so I could hear more before going into the office. The narrator is incredible. I highly recommend the audio version. "

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About the Author
Author Peter Ferry

Peter Ferry is a teacher, writer, and editor. He has written textbooks for Rand McNally and travel pieces for the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times. His short stories have appeared in the New Review of Literature and McSweeney’s, and he has won the Illinois Arts Council Literary Award for Short Fiction. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.