The Little Follies (Paperback)

The Personal History, Adventure, Experiences and Observations of Peter Leroy (So Far)

By Eric Kraft

Picador, 9780312119287, 420pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 1995

List Price: 13.00*
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In 1962, as a college sophomore, Eric Kraft fell asleep in the library. Among the books surrounding him, he began to dream...of a nameless boy, sitting on a dilapidated dock in the warm sun of a summer day, playing a game: He was trying to bring the soles of his bare feet as close as he could to the surface of the water, without touching it.

That boy became Peter Leroy, and from Kraft's dream grew one of the most delightful, unusual projects in contemporary literature. Funny, touching, witty, mythic, and profound, Kraft's novels, featuring Peter, his friends and family, and the seaside town of Babbington create an alternate reality-a world in which we see ourselves, darkened and wavering, as reflected by deep water.

Little Follies gathers nine Peter Leroy novellas into one volume: the perfect introduction to an irresistible cycle of books by an author sometimes compared to Cheever, Proust, Twain, Borges, Russel Baker, and Garrison Keillor, but who is uniquely Eric Kraft.

About the Author

Eric Kraft's other books are "Where Do You Stop?," " What a Piece of Work I Am," "Herb 'n' Lorna," and "Reservations Recommended "through Picador USA. "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.

Praise For The Little Follies: The Personal History, Adventure, Experiences and Observations of Peter Leroy (So Far)

"A beguiling saga. I envy the lucky souls who are meeting Peter Leroy for the first time."
--Armistead Maupin, author of Tales of the City

"A real delight. Peter Leroy's world shines through just like childhood: both tiny and enormous, full of mystery and wonder but with terror lurking around the edges."
--Robert Plunket, The New York Times Book Review

"A masterpiece of American artist who has made a serious commitment."
--Los Angeles Times

"Now previous initiates into Kraft's world will have to forgo the coziness of belonging to a privileged elite. The secret is out."
--The New Yorker