Take the Long Way Home [NOOK Book]

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Peter Leroy returns in memory to the fifth grade, where he finds himself gazing at Veronica McCall across the Gulf of Puberty. Remembering Veronica, the hottest little number in Babbington's elementary grades at that time, inevitably leads him to reflect on the many varieties of love and lust to which the human animal is subject; to consider the roots of the animosity between Babbington's clamdiggers and chicken-farmers; to recall the occasion of his first meeting Porky White, who was to become the brains behind ...
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Take the Long Way Home

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Overview

Peter Leroy returns in memory to the fifth grade, where he finds himself gazing at Veronica McCall across the Gulf of Puberty. Remembering Veronica, the hottest little number in Babbington's elementary grades at that time, inevitably leads him to reflect on the many varieties of love and lust to which the human animal is subject; to consider the roots of the animosity between Babbington's clamdiggers and chicken-farmers; to recall the occasion of his first meeting Porky White, who was to become the brains behind the Kap'n Klam chain of bivalve-based fast-food restaurants; and forces him to recreate his attempt to skate on ice. • Reviewing "Take the Long Way Home" in Baltimore's City Paper on January 11, 1985, John Strausbaugh wrote: "Kraft has constructed a complete comic universe, an American Macondo. Kraft never provokes savage mockery or brutal sneers, but quiet, sweetly melancholy smiles of recognition." • Length: novella, about 20,000 words.
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John Strausbaugh
Kraft has constructed a complete comic universe, an American Macondo. He calls it Babbington, a seaside community on "Bolotomy Bay," somewhere on Long Island. . . . By "Take the Long Way Home," Peter has reached the [fifth] grade. He faces one of those crucial dilemmas of young manhood — whether to take a girl to the roller rink or spend the money on a gas-powered model airplane. . . . He resolves the conflict by a strategem so complex and dumb it works.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781257742479
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • Publication date: 5/18/2011
  • Sold by: LULU PRESS
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 599 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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