The Girl with the White Fur Muff

The Girl with the White Fur Muff

by Eric Kraft
     
 

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Peter Leroy recalls the trouble that ensued when a well-meaning teacher appointed him director of Babbington’s annual fourth-grade production of King Lear. Three of his classmates wanted the role of Lear’s loving daughter, Cordelia, and each had her strategy for ensuring that she got it. Clarissa Bud, the girl with the white fur muff, used sweetness and

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Peter Leroy recalls the trouble that ensued when a well-meaning teacher appointed him director of Babbington’s annual fourth-grade production of King Lear. Three of his classmates wanted the role of Lear’s loving daughter, Cordelia, and each had her strategy for ensuring that she got it. Clarissa Bud, the girl with the white fur muff, used sweetness and charm; Veronica McCall used sex; and Lily O’Grady, known as Spike, threatened to break his foot if he chose anyone but her. • "Conveys a child's confusion and fear with a sure but never heavy hand." — Malcolm Jones, St. Petersburg Times • Length: novella, about 20,000 words

Editorial Reviews

The New Yorker - Anna Shapiro
What all the details in Little Follies have in common is that practically every one of them grows fragrant, delicately deepens in color, and emerges crisply as metaphor — which is to say, ordinary things take on the kind of significance that children involuntarily attach to objects and actions. Everything seems to mean something. Everything seems to mean more than what you’re told it means.
The St. Petersburg Times - Malcolm Jones
Wit and humor pervade all the adventures of Peter Leroy. Also evident is Kraft's apt portrayal of that sense of bafflement that children feel upon being thrust into the adult world. He conveys a child's confusion and fear with a sure but never heavy hand. . . We are submerged in a world where chance remarks, sex, storybook characters, jokes, and the misty reveries of children all carry equal wei

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781257463275
Publisher:
Lulu.com
Publication date:
06/05/2011
Sold by:
LULU PRESS
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
467 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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