Peter Squared

By Ken Goldberg
(Wyndmoor Press, Paperback, 9780615665061, 182pp.)

Publication Date: July 2012

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Peter, a habitual peep show user, dreads dirt, fears contamination, and lives each day in strange fantasy and total emotional isolation. By strictly adhering to self-imposed mathematic rituals, he maintains his own orderly -- albeit lonely -- universe in a chaotic world. One day, he meets John, a lifelong mental patient. From their respective manias, they form an odd, but deep, friendship.

A literary novel, Peter Squared is both tragic and funny. Through vivid characters and absurd situations, Peter Squared addresses such controversial questions as: Are neglected and abused children better off protected or left alone? Is smoking really bad for you? Does fellatio violate kosher dietary laws?

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