Inflating a Dog by Eric Kraft
The Story of Ella's Lunch Launch

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“Is there a more beguiling writer today than Eric Kraft?” —Publishers Weekly

Ella Leroy dreams of escaping the dreary routine of her 1950s wife-and-mom life. Without telling her husband, she enlists her son Peter and his locally-notorious girlfriend Patti in a scheme: to buy a run-down clamboatand re-invent it as an elegant cruising vessel for summer people in the beach town of Babbington, Long Island.But after the Arcinella is purchased, Peter discovers thatit is slowly sinking. Each night he sneaks from his home to the harborfront of Bolotomy Bay, where he pumps the boat dry, inflating his mother’s hopes a bit longer.

Inflating a Dog offers proof of the genius of an author whose work Newsweek has called “the literary equivalent of Fred Astaire dancing: great art that looks like fun.”

About Eric Kraft

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Eric Kraft lives in New York with his wife, Madeline.
Published July 5, 2002 by Picador. 336 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Parenting & Relationships. Fiction

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The rags-to-riches plot is a bit on the generic side, but Kraft turns the concept up a notch in the preface, in which Peter Leroy reveals that the happy ending is one he created to compensate for his mother's endless "real life" failures, a gambit that allows room for plenty of tongue-in-cheek ga...

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