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Reservations Recommended

Reservations Recommended

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by Eric Kraft
     
 

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Peter Leroy constructs a plausible adult life for his grade school chum Matthew Barber, now living in Boston, where he is vice-president of a toy company by day, but becomes Bertram W. Beath, restaurant reviewer, when the sun goes down.

Reservations Recommended is a satire of the critical mind; a dark commentary on contemporary culture; a story of midlife

Overview

Peter Leroy constructs a plausible adult life for his grade school chum Matthew Barber, now living in Boston, where he is vice-president of a toy company by day, but becomes Bertram W. Beath, restaurant reviewer, when the sun goes down.

Reservations Recommended is a satire of the critical mind; a dark commentary on contemporary culture; a story of midlife crisis; a morality play; and a book that matches bleakness against humor, seasoned throughout with B. W. Beath's hilariously acid reviews. We watch as Matthew Barber descends from a self-protective superiority into a species of madness, and into the dark night of the soul.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist - Donna Seaman
"Shrewd, adroit, and spirited."
Newark Star Ledger - Roger Harris
"A moving urban fable."
Cleveland Plain Dealer - Janice Harayda
"A merciless sendup of contemporary American pretensions.'
The Village Voice - Richard Gehr
"Wonderfully readable . . . touching and intelligent."
The Boston Phoenix - Robert Nadeau
"Hilariously on the mark, . . . witty enough to steal."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014091206
Publisher:
The Babbington Press
Publication date:
01/27/2012
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
File size:
872 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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