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Where Do You Stop?: The Personal History, Adventures, Experiences, & Observations Of Peter Leroy
     

Where Do You Stop?: The Personal History, Adventures, Experiences, & Observations Of Peter Leroy

by Eric Kraft
 

"Where do you stop?" is the question posed by Miss Rheingold, the intoxicating new teacher of Peter Leroy's junior high school class. That question forms the basis of a science paper that Peter spends thirty years trying to complete-along the way exploring quantum physics, entropy, epistemology, principles of uncertainty and discontinuity, and a range of Life's Big

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"Where do you stop?" is the question posed by Miss Rheingold, the intoxicating new teacher of Peter Leroy's junior high school class. That question forms the basis of a science paper that Peter spends thirty years trying to complete-along the way exploring quantum physics, entropy, epistemology, principles of uncertainty and discontinuity, and a range of Life's Big Questions.

Deceptively simple and warmly engaging, Eric Kraft's novel is an ingenious portrait of a small American town in the 1950s, when the atom seemed to hold the key to the mystery of creation, as well as the power to utterly destroy it.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The Peter Leroy books are delightful because Mr. Kraft takes such shameless delight in writing them-and in romping about with words, ideas, time, plot, expectation, and character." —Walter Satterthwait, The New York Times Book Review

"An enchanting comic meditation...At its most ambitious moments, it's nothing less than an attempt to comprehend the nature of the universe." —Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"Luminously intelligent fun." —Time

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:
9780312119324
Publisher:
Picador
Publication date:
01/15/1995
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
181
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Eric Kraft's other books are Little Follies, What a Piece of Work I Am, Herb 'n' Lorna and Reservations Recommended, published in paperback by Picador. His new hardcover, At Home With the Glynns, is published by Crown; in addition, his books are available in an interactive version from Voyager. He lives with his wife on Long Island, New York.

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