Bad Questions


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Washington Writers' Publishing House
Publish Date
5.5 X 8.5 X 0.53 inches | 0.66 pounds
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About the Author

Len Kruger lives in Washington, D.C., and is a graduate of the MFA Program at the University of Maryland. His short fiction has appeared in Zoetrope-All Story, The Barcelona Review, Gargoyle, Potomac Review, and the anthology This is What America Looks Like. He was the fiction winner of the 2021 annual writing contest sponsored by the Inner Loop and District Fray Magazine. Like Billy Blumberg, the main character in Bad Questions, Len grew up in Silver Spring and Rockville, Maryland in the 1960s and 70s. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Len worked for thirty-seven years at the Library of Congress where he did research for Congressional offices. In addition to writing fiction, Len is a storyteller and has performed on stage at many Washington, D.C. area storytelling venues, including The Moth DC, Story District, The Story Collider, and Better Said Than Done. Bad Questions is his debut novel. Find out more at



Remember adolescence, when life was an alphabet soup of questions? Some goofy, some embarrassing and some so painful and profound that adults no longer dare to ask them. In Bad Questions, Len Kruger evokes that time perfectly with a story that is funny and deeply moving. I'll never forget it. - Corey Flintoff, former foreign correspondent, National Public Radio.

Tender and raw, intimate and universal, Len Kruger's Bad Questions evokes a loss-haunted boyhood in a voice as warm-hearted as it is stark. I love this novel, and so will you: an unforgettable gift from a wonderful writer. - Joyce Kornblatt, novelist, author of Mother Tongue, The Reason for Wings, White Water, Nothing to do with Love, and Breaking Bread.

Insightful and poignant, Len Kruger's writing glitters with keen observations of suburban Maryland in the early '70s. An adult's story seen from a young boy's point of view, Bad Questions rings with emotional truths that resonate vividly and viscerally today. - Suzanne Feldman, 2022 winner of the WWPH Fiction Award for The Witch Bottle and Other Stories.