At Home With the Glynns: The Personal History, Adventures, Experiences and Observations of Peter LeRoy

At Home With the Glynns: The Personal History, Adventures, Experiences and Observations of Peter LeRoy

by Eric Kraft
     
 

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Kraft's most inventive and downright fun novel yet. "A real delight. Peter Leroy's world shines through just like childhood itself: both tiny and enormous, full of mystery and wonder."—Robert Plunket, New York Times Book Review. Black-and-white photographs.

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Kraft's most inventive and downright fun novel yet. "A real delight. Peter Leroy's world shines through just like childhood itself: both tiny and enormous, full of mystery and wonder."—Robert Plunket, New York Times Book Review. Black-and-white photographs.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Peter Leroy, hotel owner in the town of Babbington, Long Island (``clam capital of America''), offers further marvelously appealing recollections of his boyhood misadventures of the mid-1950s. Readers unfamiliar with the earlier Leroy novels (What a Piece of Work I Am, etc.) will find Kraft's wry style, deep insights into youth and age and sly observation of adult behavior a rare delight. Peter's life at ages 11 and 12 revolves around his slightly bohemian neighbors-abstract painter Andy Glynn, his talkative wife Rosetta, a melancholy poet and compulsive entrant of product-promotion giveaway contests, and their forward, mischievous 13-year-old daughters, Margot and Martha. Peter's relationship with the Glynn sisters proceeds from dates spent watching arty European films to secret nighttime rendezvous in which he climbs the Glynns' stone wall and slips undressed into ``the twins'" bed for relatively uneventful trysts that inflame his prepubescent fantasies. Anyone who has mourned, or yearned for, his or her younger self will find Kraft an enchantment. (May)
George Needham
Eric Kraft continues his saga of growing up in the strange, unsettling environment of Babbington, Long Island, in the 1950s. Peter Leroy, narrator of several previous Kraft novels, is now in high school, where he meets the Glynn twins, Margot and Martha. They place him on a regimen of practicing apparently meaningless manipulations of canned peas and raisins. From the first night he attempts to escort the twins to a movie, he finds himself becoming a member of the Glynn household. Father Andy is an artist whose abstract paintings have the town's tongues wagging without managing to engage their brains. Mother Rosetta is a consummate storyteller who enters hundreds of contests to tell why you like a product in 25 words or less, winning many useless prizes. But the one place Peter is happiest is in the bed of the twins, where he learns the purpose of those food exercises. The novel plays fascinating games with the amorphous lines supposedly separating memory and creativity. This excellent novel will delight those familiar with Kraft's works and inspire those who aren't to seek out the earlier titles.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780517596142
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/16/1995
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
179
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.76(d)

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