Jake Fades: A Novel of Impermanence

Front Cover
Trumpeter, 2007 - Fiction - 210 pages
3 Reviews
Jake is a Zen master and expert bicycle repairman who fixes flats and teaches meditation out of a shop in Bar Harbor, Maine. Hank is his long-time student. The aging Jake hopes that Hank will take over teaching for him. But the commitment-phobic Hank doesn't feel up to the job, and Jake is beginning to exhibit behavior that looks suspiciously like Alzheimer's disease. Is a guy with as many "issues" as Hank even capable of being a Zen teacher? And are those paradoxical things Jake keeps doing some kind of koan-like wisdom . . . or just dementia?
These and other hard questions confront Hank, Jake, and the colorful cast of characters they meet during a week-long trip to the funky neighborhood of Central Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. As they trek back and forth from bar to restaurant to YMCA to Zen Center to doughnut shop, answers arise--in the usual unexpected ways.

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - bkinetic - LibraryThing

This is a worthy attempt at psychological fiction in which the Buddhist outlook as a form of therapy, as well as a philosophy of life, is described and explored. The novel is well planned and ... Read full review

JAKE FADES: A Novel of Impermanence

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The Buddhist lessons of impermanence and letting go are folded into a contemporary urban story of drifters and their teachers in this sweet novel by Guy (The Autobiography of My Body, 1990), a ... Read full review

Other editions - View all

About the author (2007)

David Guy teaches writing in the Hart Leadership Program and the Masters of Public Policy Program at Duke University. He is the author of numerous books, including The Autobiography of My Body and The Red Thread of Passion. His book reviews appear regularly in the Washington Post, the New York Times, and other papers, and he is a contributing editor to Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.

Bibliographic information