Spanning almost thirty years, My Other Life traces
the journey of a fictional Paul Theroux from young
bachelorhood in Africa, in and out of marriage,
affairs, and employment, and between continents.
From his early education at the knee of a highly
eccentric uncle through his years as a fledgling
novelist in London under the wing of the rapacious
Lady Max, this writer of different guises eventually
returns alone, in retreat, to his hometown, where he
finds the raw material to begin again. This is a
wry, worldly, erotic, and deeply moving account of
one man's first half century and is "among the
strongest things Theroux has ever written."