What a Piece of Work I Am (A Confabulation)

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Contents
 
Summary and Reviews 
The Sultry Older Sister of My Imaginary Friend
Tootsie Koochikov
Chapter 2
The Sad Tale of Ariadne, Stranded on Naxos Without a Clue
Chapter 3
Were the Fates Sending Me Some Kind of Warning?
Chapter 4
Denny
Chapter 5
Corinneís Fabulous Fruits of the Sea
Chapter 6
A Farewell to Softness
Chapter 7
Not a Bottomy Thing
Chapter 8
Trespassing
Chapter 9
POA
Chapter 10
Skinning Eels and Making Chowder
Chapter 11
The Sunrise Cove Resort Motel
Chapter 12
Something New, Something to Talk About
Chapter 13
A Little Insight Can Be Dangerous
Chapter 14
A Guy Named Guy
Chapter 15
The Temptation of an Open Door
Chapter 16
All Dressed Up with No Place to Go
Chapter 17
The Manifest Destiny Diner
Chapter 18
Remember This: Love Alters Your Perceptions
Chapter 19
Lesson One in the Motel Business
Chapter 20
Whatever Needs Doing
Chapter 21
The Backside of Privacy
Chapter 22
Trespassing Again
Chapter 23
A Disappointing Guy
Chapter 24
True Confessions
Chapter 25
Our Own Place: A Tempting Vision of the Future
Chapter 26
A Mistake, Nothing More
Chapter 27
The Immediate Jewel of the Soul
Chapter 28
A Little Mischief
Chapter 29
The Man at the Table in the Back of the Room, Alone
Chapter 30
The Idea of "Always," the Shape of "Forever" in My Mouth
Chapter 31
Hanging On
Chapter 32
"Come On, Honey, Come with Me"
Chapter 33
No Turning Back
Chapter 34
The Terror of the Known Versus the Terror of the Unknown
Chapter 35
The Generous Thing
Chapter 36
Signing On
Chapter 37
Sometimes We See (Sometimes We Donít)
Chapter 38
The Euphonious Isles
Chapter 39
Stealing Privacy
Chapter 40
A Big Voice, Deep, with a Rhythm and Sonority Like the Sea
Chapter 41
Sail On
Chapter 42
Racing with the Wind
Chapter 43
Reaching Rarotonga
Chapter 44
Tootsie, You Need a Drink
Chapter 45
To Rarotonga
Chapter 46
Seeing Red and Meeting Greg and Being Propositioned
Chapter 47
A Cynosure, an Artist of the Self
Chapter 48
To Be Continued
Chapter 49
On Display
Chapter 50
Ariane Underway
Chapter 51
In a Life, Every Accident Is Part of the Story
Chapter 52
Duncan Rollo of the Zoning Board
Chapter 53
In Every Life, There Is Some Celery
Chapter 54
Sex in the Panopticon
Chapter 55
In the Labyrinth of Life, There Are Many Turnings
Chapter 56
Ambitious Lovers
Chapter 57
"How I Felt About the War"
Chapter 58
An Unforgettable Moment, A Crowd-Pleaser
Chapter 59
Hold on to the Narrative Thread of Your Life
Chapter 60
The Flickering Evidence of Hidden Moments of Inner Activity
Chapter 61
The Time Has Come . . .
Chapter 62
Out the Door
Chapter 63
On Display
Chapter 64
"Making My Self"
Chapter 65
"Serving Myself As If I Were Companyí
Chapter 66
To Make a Work of Art, First Make an Artist
Chapter 67
Three Points Define a Plane, But Not a Life
Chapter 68
In Search of the Center of the World
Chapter 69
"I Will Be by Myself"
Chapter 70
A Model for Living in One Place
Chapter 71
A Vivid Imagination Can Be a Dangerous Thing
Chapter 72
Here I Am, at Last

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Copyright © 1994 by Eric Kraft

What Piece of Work I Am is a work of fiction. The characters, incidents, dialogues, settings, and businesses portrayed in it are products of the author's imagination and are not to be construed as real. Any resemblance to actual events or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental. 

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