At Home with the Glynns

At Home with the Glynns

by Eric Kraft
At Home with the Glynns

At Home with the Glynns

by Eric Kraft

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Overview

Peter Leroy receives his sexual initiation at the hands of the Glynn twins, becomes a sketch doctor, listens to many tales about the night the Nevsky mansion burned, learns the value of hope, and discovers the love of his life.

"Peter Leroy's preadolescent voice, recaptured years later by his fictive middle-aged persona, is always unerringly itself, at once unexpectedly articulate and believably childlike. It is a likable voice, ingenuous, modest, wholly engaging. As such, it earns the most fanciful events in his story a certain credibility, or at least an unresisting suspension of disbelief. We are disposed to accept whatever Mr. Kraft, in the guise of Peter Leroy, tells us, even as he confesses to mixing invention with memory, even as events become more and more whimsically improbable. . . . A daring tour de force, At Home with the Glynns . . . never loses its poise. Mr. Kraft's cunning novel is really a children's book (like, say, The Catcher in the Rye) for adults, which I mean as unequivocal praise. There is nothing more serious, after all, than the playful, given full play."
Jonathan Baumbach
The New York Times Book Review

"A witty and wildly digressive epistemological examination in the form of a childhood reminiscence."
The New Yorker

"Devolves into a perfect madeleine . . . leaving an insatiable desire for more."
Kirkus Reviews

"Anyone who has mourned, or yearned for, his or her younger self will find Kraft an enchantment."
Publishers Weekly

"Kraft is a master of dialogue and description."
Town and Country

"A splendidly vivid exploration of 'sexual pleasure amplified and augmented by the thrill of adventure.'"
Dwight Garner, New York Newsday

"Nostalgic and very funny and just a little perverse."
Frederic Koeppel, Memphis Commercial Appeal

"Celebrates the savor of memory for the sophisticated palate."
Boston Sunday Globe

"Postmodernism was never so pleasurable."
Malcolm Jones, Jr., Newsweek

"One of the more hilariously erotic pieces of writing since Lolita."
Edward Hannibal, The East Hampton Star

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161229361
Publisher: The Babbington Press
Publication date: 02/10/2019
Series: The Personal History, Adventures, Experiences & Observations of Peter Leroy
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
File size: 4 MB

About 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 spent a part of every day writing the voluminous work of fiction that he calls The Personal History, Adventures, Experiences & Observations of Peter Leroy. It has received widespread critical acclaim in the United States and internationally. Three of the volumes were named New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Kraft 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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