Where Do You Stop?: The Personal History, Adventures, Experiences, and Observations of Peter Leroy

Where Do You Stop?: The Personal History, Adventures, Experiences, and Observations of Peter Leroy

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by Eric Kraft
     
 

Meet Peter Leroy, of Babbington, Long Island, "Clam Capital of America." He's a middle-aged dreamer who sits at a computer in a room in an old hotel, revising his childhood. In Where Do You Stop? Peter writes about his eleven-year-old self, just entering adolescence and just beginning to ponder life's big questions. When young Peter begins junior high school, he meets…  See more details below

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Meet Peter Leroy, of Babbington, Long Island, "Clam Capital of America." He's a middle-aged dreamer who sits at a computer in a room in an old hotel, revising his childhood. In Where Do You Stop? Peter writes about his eleven-year-old self, just entering adolescence and just beginning to ponder life's big questions. When young Peter begins junior high school, he meets for the first time the black kids who come from a part of Babbington where there are no sidewalks, and he must evaluate his father's opinion that having no sidewalks is the way black people like it. Peter has to deal with his consuming passion for Ariane, the sultry older sister of his best friend, and he must figure out what to make of his beautiful new science teacher, Miss Rheingold, who is entranced by quantum theorist Werner Heisenberg and intoxicated by uncertainty. Miss Rheingold's style is discontinuity. After showing her charges an educational film featuring a zippy little character called Quanto the Minimum, she proposes that Peter and his group answer - in any way they see fit and with no deadline - the question "Where do you stop?" It's an interesting question: Where do things stop? At a subatomic level, where does your body stop and the air around it begin? At what point does society divide us into white and black? How late can you turn in a science project that has no due date? At what point does lemonade added to beer make the perfect shandy? And, perhaps most puzzling of all: When a car depreciates, where exactly does the lost value, formerly a part of the car, go? These are life's big questions. The answers - hilarious, profound, totally original - are in Eric Kraft's Where Do You Stop?, which is Peter's science report, finished at last after more than thirty years. Completing Miss Rheingold's assignment takes Peter into an investigation of the edges of things, of frames and borders, continuity and discontinuity, and the tribal isolation of people who think of themselves in terms

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Fans of Kraft's Peter Leroy series ( Little Follies ) will unequivocally delight in this latest installment of Peter's adventures growing up in post-WW II Babbington, the ``clam capital of America.'' Readers unfamiliar with this masterful storyteller's pellucid prose will equally enjoy his account of Peter's momentous and treacherous initiation into junior high school. The arch cuteness that marred some of Kraft's earlier vignettes is absent, as Peter defines the boundaries of his rapidly developing self, dealing with his unrequited crush on Ariana Lodkochnikov, his best friend's sister, at whose house he watches that newfangled invention, television. Peter's friendship with a black classmate prompts his bigoted parents's disapproval. His father's subsequent change of heart is only one of the small miracles in a magical, funny, healing journey that features familiar and unusual memories--backyard barbecues, a sexy, inspirational science teacher--without lapsing into mere nostalgia. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780517585443
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/1992
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.23(h) x 0.79(d)

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