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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Wyndmoor Press (July 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615665063
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615665061
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,655,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ken Goldberg is a clinical psychologist. He is a graduate of Long Island University, who has specialized in treating the mentally ill in community-based programs. More recently, he has become a leading critic of homework policy and the author of The Homework Trap: How to Save the Sanity of Parents, Students and Teachers. Before becoming a psychologist, Dr. Goldberg studied mathematics at Tulane and Columbia Universities. He is a recipient of the Glendy Burke Award, a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and has studied mathematics at Columbia University on a National Science Foundation Fellowship. Dr. Goldberg has three grown children and lives with his wife outside Philadelphia. Peter Squared was originally published in 2000 by MacAdam Cage Publishing and is his first literary novel. The sequel, Peter Cubed, will be released in 2012.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul Lappen VINE VOICE on April 21, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Peter Branstill is in his early 40s and works as an accountant. He has several suits, all of the same color and style, that he alternates wearing to work. At work, he is the sort of person who does only the work expected of him, doesn't socialize with his co-workers, and eats his lunch (the same thing every day) on the same park bench, being sure to sit on a different part of the bench each day. If, for instance, there is a spot of dirt on the bench, Peter uses his own Graduated Dirt Rating Scale (GDRS), which considers things like the size, color, location and texture of the spot. Peter then decides if it is minor dirt, to be ignored, or major contamination, to be avoided at all costs. Peter lives in his own world of mathematical precision, strange rituals and a dread of contamination.
One day, at the park bench, Peter meets John, a lifelong mental patient who is in a local day program. John is a chain smoker who claims to be able to smoke using only one lung at a time. At first, Peter does his best to ignore John, who doesn't seem to know when to stop talking. As time goes on, Peter makes his daily visits from John part of his precise, ordered world.
John tells the story of being on a bus to Nebraska. On the bus, he meets a woman named Anna, who is willing to have sex with him on the bus. Anna is also on psychiatric medication and stuck in a loveless Hasidic Jewish marriage. Each summer, she intentionally goes off her medication and impulsively gets on a bus, not knowing, or caring, where it is going. Her husband has to go pick her up, wherever she is, and bring her back home, where she gets back on her medication, and returns to "normal" in time for Yom Kippur.
While living in Nebraska, John gets into the local day program and starts to fit in.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Clark (NJ) on September 15, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Peter is an intelligent, self aware, needy, and pathetically hilarious individual that in the past would have been dismissed as a victim of his environment. Instead, Peter is us. Ken Goldberg has written this book in a voice that resonates inside that part of your being that you least want to explore lest your sanity be chased. Using a series of flashbacks and disconnected pop-ins, the characters and story are sewn together with the seams visible, in a way that effectively imitates the life experience. I would compare this novel favorably with "A Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy Toole and Walker Percy.
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By Kindle Customer on January 5, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A sympathetic tale of a "challenged" man who emerges from a mathematical maze to make contact with another wounded individual, only to lose him.That's the best I can do to describe the story without revealing any of the plot! The main character--as odd as he is--is believable. There are moments when the reader begins to understand and empathize with his limitations and how he adjusts to them. After I finished the book I was not surprised to read that the author is indeed a mental health practitioner. It is not the type of fiction that I normally read--Amazon, Kindle and the author offered the book for free and I took a chance on it. The time I invested was well worth it!
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By cissygibo on January 4, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
i read about two books a day and can stumble thru even the worst... i am by no means a prude.. but i have never read such amazingly awful porn disguised as fiction.... the beginning was interesting and peter did some funny things.. but after about 40% of every page detailing masturbation, i finally had to stop before my head exploded!!! next time list this in the erotica section under "waste of time"!!
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