The Wave
Walter Mosley
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The Wave
Walter Mosley
240 pages
January 2007
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Long past midnight, night after night, Errol Porter’s phone rings, waking him from sleep. He hears a faint voice on the other end of the line, murmuring, “Cold… naked, cold… naked.” At first the calls are simply unnerving, but as the voice becomes more recognizable, Errol is increasingly disturbed.

Still recovering from the emotional trauma of a broken marriage, Porter’s well-paying job for a computer company is also a thing of the past. Currently working at Mud Brothers Pottery Studio, Errol lives in a garage-studio behind what used to be his house, finding himself a fringe-dweller in his own world.

There is one good thing in an otherwise disappointing life: a burgeoning romance with Nella, a lively and beautiful Caribbean ceramicist who works at the pottery studio. Nella instinctively has faith in Errol, encouraging him to put the past behind and move ahead with his life, hopefully with her in it.

When the late-night caller claims to be Errol’s father, who has been dead for six years, Errol is naturally skeptical - until the voice calls him Airy, a childhood name that no one could know but his father. Rushing to the cemetery where his father is interred, Errol discovers a stranger who is not a stranger, a man who will challenge every assumption Porter has known, thrusting him into a surreal world where the impossible is increasingly viable.

Danger follows closely behind the stranger, who tells an unbelievable tale as Errol and the man, whom he calls G.T. (Good Times), are pursued by government agents on a mission both stunning and brutally efficient, men who fear what they cannot control. G.T. has a mission of his own, drawing Errol into a complex web that may be delusion or may be truth.

This supernatural story transcends the acceptable boundaries of reality. Crossing the line between the known and the unknown, The Wave is a parable for our times, an imaginative assessment of the direction of humankind driven by a fear of difference and a shocking disregard for individual rights.

In turns fascinating and provocative, The Wave offers an opportunity to think beyond our limited horizons, to examine our rigid, frightened society from a different perspective. Mosley’s talents as a storyteller are superb no matter the genre. At the heart of Errol’s quest to unravel a world far beyond his ken lies his capacity to transcend the ordinary, thrust into a future of infinite potential.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Luan Gaines, 2006

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