The Boys of Belle Haven

The Boys of Belle Haven

by Peter Haaren, Lisa Wolfe


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937650926
Publisher: Small Batch Books
Publication date: 06/06/2018
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 398,745
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Peter Haaren's K-9 education was in Darien, Connecticut, not too far from Belle Haven. He studied Studio Art at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Creative Writing at Brooklyn College, and received his PhD in philosophy at the City University of New York. He currently lives in New York City, where he is an avid breather and mediocre chess player.

Lisa Wolfe raised her family of three boys in Belle Haven, where her great-grandfather had a summer home in the early 1900s. After college she studied film production at The New School in New York and worked in film development for InterMedia Entertainment. Having spent time in Africa, she gained an appreciation for its wildlife and unique and fragile ecosystems. She currently resides with her husband in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

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Anonymous 5 months ago
Tripping the Text Fantastic Cindy Taine’s story is a sardonic “remembrance of things past” that traces a legacy of wealth from root to ruin, showing the dark side of the American Dream: that monetary values can disconnect one from humanity. Her main target is multi-billionaire Jerrold Draper; oh, he is so smart with numbers, high finance and commodities, but lacks heart. His egotistical, self-absorption with making money estranges his son, Jesse, an easy mark for kidnappers who mean to “do the environment well”. Given the ransom, one day’s stay with the Golden Cat, Jerrold is reborn an empathic and compassionate man. I could predict the change in values, but what a trip, from Belle Haven, Connecticut, to the jungles of Gabon and back—fantastic! The Boys of Belle Haven is also unique—an amusing language book with literary value! Page-long descriptions and compelling rhythms purposely form an artifice hung with some words morphed as satiric nods to our “gasoline sculpture” culture. Cindy’s word for capitalist is KAPUTA-LIST; the GREAT GAS BUY is—guess who?! When the Golden Cat appears as cat, rat, bat (cf. differance), disrupting the narrative, I thought it appropriate for kidnapper Konrad to say of the Golden Cat’s cave, “There is nothing outside the Membrane”; it evokes Derrida’s celebrated, contentious and supposed dictum: “There is nothing outside the text”. Moreover, surreptitious allusions, connectives to Dickenson, Dylan and The Rolling Stones (to name a few—don’t forget Ashbery) “bug” the book with a wise creativity, enriching the fabric of this farcical bricolage. The leitmotif, “gasoline sculpture”, appears frequently, forming a backhanded compliment to the oil industry; it “appreciates” oil addiction and the denial of climate change! The Jungles of Gabon are left burning. Cindy’s emphasis on TLC (the last century, heyday of oil consumption) calls for a Golden Cat to impose on “readers” as, meanwhile, the “house” burns down. One can imagine that a magic alternative—Gato Ex Machina—a real doozy from inner space—would necessarily save our “book” from impending ruin. B.Earley