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A Novel in Nine Novellas




“It generates its own reality, and it’s profoundly funny.”

David Chute, The Los Angeles Times


Little Follies Cover

Cover Image: Claude Monet, The Harbor at Trouville (detail, 1870)


“I envy the lucky souls who are meeting Peter Leroy for the first time.”

Armistead Maupin, author of Tales of the City


Memoirist Peter Leroy explores one of his earliest memories, his mother’s tumble from her lawn chair; probes the root causes of his childhood pelecypodophobia (fear of bivalve mollusks, particularly clams); navigates the upper reaches of the Bolotomy River; builds a radio receiver and explores the farthest reaches of the galaxy; ponders the differences between dour foxes and happy clams; falls in love with the girl with the white fur muff; learns the pleasures of skating on ice and taking the long way home; becomes a fan of the Larry Peters Adventure series; and rises to the rank of Aluminum Commodore in the Young Tars. 


“Tiny and enormous, full of mystery and wonder.”

Robert Plunkett, The New York Times Book Review


A Preview

(from the first novella, “My Mother Takes a Tumble”)
In this preview, Dudley Beaker, next-door neighbor to Peter’s grandparents, places lonely-hearts ads in the local paper and signs them “Mary Strong.” A loony and increasingly erotic correspondence ensues with a woman who signs her letters “John Simpson.”



“Wonderfully touching and mythic.”

John Stark Bellamy II, Cleveland Plain Dealer


One of Dudley Beaker's advertisements for the Babbington Clam Council.

One of Dudley Beaker's advertisements for the Babbington Clam Council.


“Strikingly new.”

Walter Kendrick, The Village Voice



“Wonderfully different from most literary efforts.”

Mark Muro, The Boston Globe


Would this clam bite?


“Mystery, tragedy, jealousy, love, wisdom, irony, wonder.”

James Idema, Chicago Tribune


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“An ingenious investigation of the way we build our myths.”

Julie Salamon The Wall Street Journal


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“Clever, anecdotal, suspenseful, and funny.”

Anna Shapiro, The New Yorker


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“A triumph.”

Robert Crampton, The Times (London)


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