Peter Leroy

What a Piece of Work I Am Cover


  The Babbington Press (2009)
168 pages
6 inches by 9 inches
$ 25.95
  The Babbington Press (2009)
168 pages
6 inches by 9 inches
$ 14.95
Nook $3.99

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At Home with the Glynns

Peter Leroy receives his sexual initiation at the hands of the Glynn twins, becomes a sketch doctor, listens to many tales about the night the Nevsky mansion burned, learns the value of hope, and discovers the love of his life.

 “Peter Leroy’s preadolescent voice, recaptured years later by his fictive middle-aged persona, is always unerringly itself, at once unexpectedly articulate and believably childlike. It is a likable voice, ingenuous, modest, wholly engaging. As such, it earns the most fanciful events in his story a certain credibility, or at least an unresisting suspension of disbelief. We are disposed to accept whatever Mr. Kraft, in the guise of Peter Leroy, tells us, even as he confesses to mixing invention with memory, even as events become more and more whimsically improbable. . . . A daring tour de force, At Home with the Glynns . . . never loses its poise. Mr. Kraft’s cunning novel is really a children’s book (like, say, The Catcher in the Rye) for adults, which I mean as unequivocal praise. There is nothing more serious, after all, than the playful, given full play.”
    Jonathan Baumbach
    The New York Times Book Review

“A witty and wildly digressive epistemological examination in the form of a childhood reminiscence.”
     The New Yorker

“Devolves into a perfect madeleine . . . leaving an insatiable desire for more.”
     Kirkus Reviews

“Anyone who has mourned, or yearned for, his or her younger self will find Kraft an enchantment.”
     Publishers Weekly

“Kraft is a master of dialogue and description.”
     Town and Country

“A splendidly vivid exploration of ‘sexual pleasure amplified and augmented by the thrill of adventure.’”
     Dwight Garner, New York Newsday

“Nostalgic and very funny and just a little perverse.”
     Frederic Koeppel, Memphis Commercial Appeal

“Celebrates the savor of memory for the sophisticated palate.”
     Boston Sunday Globe

“Postmodernism was never so pleasurable.”
     Malcolm Jones, Jr., Newsweek

“One of the more hilariously erotic pieces of writing since Lolita.”
     Edward Hannibal, The East Hampton Star

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The Peronal History, Adventures, Experiences & Observations of Peter Leroy