Synopses & Reviews
Peter Paddington is thirteen, overweight, the subject of his classmates' ridicule, and the victim of too many bad movie-of-the-week storylines. When Peter's nipples begin speaking to him one day and inform him of their diabolical plan to expose his secret desires, Peter finds himself cornered in a world that seems to have no tolerance for difference. Peter's only solace is "The Bedtime Movies" perfect world fantasies that lull him to sleep every night. But when the lines between Peter's fantasy world and his reality begin to blur, no one is safe from his imagination's machinations especially Peter himself.
"A promising debut from a writer with a great sense of empathy for a young boy struggling with his identity." Winnipeg Free Press
"A lively, comical tale that cleverly tackles the confusion that surrounds the coming of age of an awkward sensitive teen
" London Free Press
"[This book] feels like it was written for everyone..." The Edmonton Journal
"A riotous piece of work chock full of somber, deadpan humour." Xpress
"Parts of this novel are heartbreaking, yet the truth of growing up is very funny...a simply beautiful story." Scene Magazine
About the Author
Brian Francis has worked as a freelance writer for a variety of magazines and newspapers. In 2000, he won the Emerging Author Award, presented by the Writers' Union of Canada. He lives in Toronto. Fruit is his first novel.