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  Peter and Beth





Hats Off Books, 2006
ISBN 1-58736-496-4
186 pp.

Synopsis of Peter and Beth by Doug Lalli

Five years after Peter Granelli’s lone sexual encounter with Beth, a close friend from his college days, he spots her from a distance on a Manhattan street. Soon he becomes obsessed with the idea that Beth may have become pregnant as a result of their (somewhat disastrous) tryst, and for months he considers tracking her down to learn the truth. Finally Peter and Beth come face to face and he gets his answer. Why, though, doesn’t he quite believe what she’s telling him?

“A fast-paced novel, Peter and Beth immediately draws you in and holds your interest, from Peter’s first meeting with his unconventional psychotherapist to the very end.

—TCM Reviews

“Doug Lalli [has written] this novel with great sensitivity and insight . . . Nothing should deter you from opening this book . . . and reading through to its surprising conclusion. A wonderful first novel!”

—Curled Up With A Good Book

“Lalli’s first novel is . . . relatively short, but it does not shortchange readers.
It’s easy to get caught up in Peter’s quest.”

—Pioneer Press

“Flawlessly constructed . . . This is storytelling at its best.”

—Rick Crawford, author of A Pathway to Heaven

“Intriguing . . . a MUST READ.”

—Bettie Corbin Tucker, IP Book Reviewer

“A spare but powerful novel . . . deeply affecting.”

—Michael James, author of Cloud Gazing

“Recommended for the quality of Lalli’s writing and for his insight into the
complexity of the human condition.”

—Midwest Book Review/Reviewer’s Bookwatch

“An introspective and illuminating novel with a voice and style all its own.”

—John Mella, author of Transformations

“Lalli skillfully develops his protagonist[’s] search for meaning and direction.”

—Kirkus Reviews

“A sad, lovely, and remarkably insightful tale.”

—Temple L. Davis, author of Preacherman

“Lalli promises us more novels, and that’s something to look forward to!”

—Reader Views