Passionate Spectator

Passionate Spectator

by Eric Kraft

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Overview

In the ninth volume of his memoirs, Peter Leroy, summoned for jury duty, allows his mind to wander, and slips into the mind of Matthew Barber, who finds himself in the cardiac catheter lab in a Boston hospital, where he allows his mind to wander, and slips into the mind of Bertram W. Beath, who checks into a hotel in Miami's South Beach and into a life as an erotic opportunist and passionate spectator of beauty and human folly.

"Middle age, mortality, and the meaning of life: all are examined with the lightest touch imaginable."
Kirkus Reviews

"Ebullient, canny, and entertaining."
Donna Seaman, Booklist

"As devious as a Möbius strip, turning in on itself, doubling back through events that have already occurred, and generally subverting our Newtonian world view."
David Kirby, St. Petersburg Times

"A personal journey that is mundane in detail yet mythic in scope . . . a gamboling reflection on the ways in which memory shapes supposedly objective history . . . colorful, incisive prose and off-kilter wit."
Steve Smith, Time Out New York

Nothing less than an assessment of each person's place in the universe . . . as a spectator who gives shape to life simply by watching and remembering."
Jim Ridley, Nashville Scene

When Peter Leroy buys a copy of Creative Self-Promotion for Taxidermists from a street bum, he unwittingly sets in motion an odyssey from truth to fiction to truth in a novel that is much less confusing and more revealing than these few words might indicate."
Dallas Morning News

Product Details

BN ID: 2940162797203
Publisher: The Babbington Press
Publication date: 01/16/2020
Series: The Personal History, Adventures, Experiences & Observations of Peter Leroy
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 7 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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