Kraft, Eric Herb 'N' Lorna: A Novel

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Herb 'N' Lorna: A Novel

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On the surface Herb and Lorna Piper are typically sunny 1950s American adults. Herbs sells Sudebakers to the citizens of Bebbington, a Long Island seaside town, and Lorna is his cheerfully coy and clever wife. Their story seems like an American myth: small-town origins, Jazz Age romance, Depression trials, postwar prosperity. But this book begins with the shocking, wondrous discovery, made by their grandson Peter Leroy after their death, "that my maternal grandparents were involved in--virtually the creators of--the animated erotic jewelry industry." And from that moment the story of Herb and Lorna takes on a tone of mingled awe and delight, propelled by a pair of secrets that dovetail, at the end, into a luscious and bawdy revelation.

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Eric Kraft's other books include R eservations Recommended, Little Follies, Where Do You Stop?, What a Piece of Work I Am, and A t Home With The Glynns, all published in paperback by Picador USA. In addition, his books are available in an interactive versions, The Complete Peter Leroy (so far), from Voyager. He lives with his wife on Long Island, New York.

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For years, I tried to avoid writing this book. If the choice had been mine alone, I would never have written it. Recently, however, events beyond my control forced me into writing it and forced me, in the writing of it, to confront a moment that ranks high among the unsettling moments of my life, the moment that, I think, marked the end of my overextended egocentric period and so, perhaps, the end of my youth: the moment when I learned that my maternal grandparents were involved in -- virtually the creators of -- the animated erotic jewelry industry.

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