Mortal Leap (Paperback)

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Mortal Leap By MacDonald Harris, Steven G. Kellman (Afterword by), Jonathan Coe (Introduction by) Cover Image
By MacDonald Harris, Steven G. Kellman (Afterword by), Jonathan Coe (Introduction by)
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Out of print for over half a century, Mortal Leap is the very definition of a "lost classic."

It is a witty, captivating novel with the scope of a classic hero's journey but a mind all its own.

— From Wes


A merchant seaman is the sole survivor when his ship is sunk in a battle in the South Pacific. Badly burned, he is stripped of every shred of identity and cast into the sea, naked, faceless, nameless. Rescued and lying in a Pearl Harbor hospital, he is mistakenly identified as the missing Lt. Ben Davenant by Davenant's wife. In the moment, the man decides to go along, to take on Davenant's identity, to return with her to California and take on his life.

Mortal Leap may remind some readers of the story of Don Draper in the TV series Mad Men. What does it mean to abandon one life completely and step into another in midstream? To step into a marriage, a house, a way of life, all of which are utterly new and unfamiliar? And what do you do when someone from your old life shows up?

Decades before Mad Men, MacDonald Harris created a story that we all know but have never heard before. Out of print for decades, Mortal Leap has become a rare and coveted cult classic, the few remaining copies passed along from reader to reader. Now, Boiler House Press's Recovered Books series makes this remarkable book available again.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781915812100
ISBN-10: 1915812100
Publisher: Boiler House Press
Publication Date: March 29th, 2024
Pages: 368
Language: English