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The Secret Fruit of Peter Paddington: A Novel (P.S.) Paperback – Bargain Price, August 1, 2005

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Editorial Reviews


“[An] endearing delight ... a rare book that makes you laugh out loud while putting a lump in your throat.” (Out Magazine)

“Comically poignant … beguilingly alive….a droll and offbeat tale about adolescent secrets, family tensions and, yes, troublesome nipples.” (Seattle Times)

“Honest, sad and funny.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

“Charming…sweet, tart, and forbidden in all the right places.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“Engrossing … humorous … extreme in its insight and tenacious in its willingness to delve into a tormented youth.” (Denver Post)

“Ingenious [and] bizarre ... A lovely and odd take on a time many of us would just as soon forget.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Entertaining. . . Peter Paddington [is] a winning hero.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Funny . . . a beautiful story.” (Dan Savage, “Savage Love” columnist) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Brian Francis lives in Toronto. This is his first novel.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0060792442
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 6.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,575,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By barry VINE VOICE on February 18, 2006
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After a slow start this book became one of the best I've ever read. A novel about an 8th grade, overweight boy in self-discovery with his special friends - the talking nipples.

This true comic find will touch your heart and for me - made reliving my teen years something I could laugh at finally!

I just love a book where the characters become so endearing you don't want it to end. This book is one of them. Would love to see what becomes of Peter after a few more years of living.

A ++
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. O'Neill on September 3, 2005
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While I was never fat when I was middle school, and still was unsure of my sexuality, I do remember those times as a boat load of problems. I was never popular -and I don't think I ever belonged to any group. I guess I was geek, and did have a few friends that could've been called geeks. Anyway, in a lot of ways, I can see Peter Paddington in me and the people I hung around with. The book is a funny look at growing up in 1984 - a dark time for fashion and everything odd in suburbia. While Peter's mother is smothering, she is also a wry character who only wants the best for her three children. Dad is, as the sterotype must go, distant from his son. Maybe parents know early on about their gay children, and while author Francis says the book is not autobiographical in the complete sense, his struggles to be who he really is gives me that feeling that most is true, if only because I had the same sense as Peter about cooking, muiscals (Funny Girl Changed my life) and the a starnge attraction to sport guys. Francis touches on a lot of the things that made the 80's so silly, things I remember with a groan. But through it all Peter tries to make sense of his life and the wacky people that orbit his world. I look forward for more books by Brian Francis
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KEEPitREAL on September 5, 2005
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This book had me laughing out loud on several ocasions. Witty, memorable, and great characters bring out a charm rarely realized in gay novels. Sidekick Daniela, the smart-mouthed Italian neighbor, makes the novel her own. Definately worth the purchase.
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