Peter Seth

When I

Got Out

A Novel by Peter Seth

When I Got Out is a great read: the perfect sequel to What It Was Like.
— Stan Chervin, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter



When I Got Out is an intriguing gem that offers a unique turn on narrative voice and unsettling personal discovery. Peter Seth writes with calm authority, masterful unpredictably, and carefully crafted internal reflection. Delving into this exploration of then and now — where forty lost years have changed all the rules of engagement — is to be swept into a tale of moral reflection, irony, betrayal, and impossible choices.”

— Ken Goldstein, bestselling author of This Is Rage and From Nothing

When I Got Out is a sensational novel that never veers off into sensationalism itself. It delves into the mysterious eddies of life and deepens as one wades further into them. Peter Seth shines a black light onto one man's life and helps us see what is hidden in plain sight of not only his, but of our own as well. This is what great novelists do.”

Kevin Sessums, author of Mississippi Sissy and I Left It on the Mountain and Editor-in-Chief of

All the reader has to do is sit back and enjoy the ride.”

– Laurie Horowitz, author of THE FAMILY FORTUNE

 The beginning of the sTORY…

What It Was Like

My obsession with What it Was Like is identical to the one the story’s wry, intelligent, and completely unremorseful narrator has for the beautiful, sexually intoxicating and mesmerizing Rachel Prince, with whom he begins a romance that we know from the opening pages is ill-fated. Once I started reading, I had to finish the book as fast as I could. Reading What is Was Like made me experience all the joys – and dangers – of teenage lust with an immediacy that I haven’t felt since Splendor in the Grass.
— Kevin Sessums, author of Mississippi Sissy and I Left It on the Mountain and the Editor-in-Chief of