At Home with the Glynns

At Home with the Glynns

by Eric Kraft
     
 

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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. As is usual with Peter's recollections, we are never certain where memory ends and imagination begins—but we are certain that we are

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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. As is usual with Peter's recollections, we are never certain where memory ends and imagination begins—but we are certain that we are reading the work of a brilliant memoirist who reconstructs his past with wry humor, nostalgia, satire, and dazzling invention. • “A witty and wildly digressive epistemological examination in the form of a childhood reminiscence.” The New Yorker • “Wholly engaging . . . a daring tour de force.” Jonathan Baumbach, The New York Times Book Review • “One of the more hilariously erotic pieces of writing since Lolita.” Edward Hannibal, The East Hampton Star

Editorial Reviews

Memphis Commercial Appeal - Frederic Koeppel
Nostalgic and very funny and just a little perverse.
The East Hampton Star - Edward Hannibal
One of the more hilariously erotic pieces of writing since Lolita.
New York Newsday - Dwight Garner
A splendidly vivid exploration of "sexual pleasure amplified and augmented by the thrill of adventure."
The New York Times Book Review - Jonathan Baumbach
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781105185700
Publisher:
Lulu.com
Publication date:
10/28/2011
Sold by:
LULU PRESS
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
782 KB

Meet the Author

Eric Kraft grew up in Babylon, New York, on the South Shore of Long Island, where he was for a time co-owner and co-captain of a clam boat, which sank. He met or invented the character Peter Leroy while dozing over a German lesson during his first year at Harvard. The following year, he married his muse, Madeline Canning; they have two sons. After earning a Master’s Degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Kraft taught school in the Boston area for a while, moonlighting as a rock music critic for the Boston Phoenix. Since then, he has undertaken a variety of hackwork to support the Kraft ménage and the writing of the voluminous work of fiction that he calls The Personal History, Adventures, Experiences & Observations of Peter Leroy. He has been the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts; was, briefly, chairman of PEN New England; and has been awarded the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature.

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