Fool by Frederick G. Dillen

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Self-absorbed Barnaby Griswold has to lose it all—money, homes, and family—before he gets a shot at becoming the unlikely hero of his own life.

Griswold is indisputably a fool. A well-educated, well-connected investments player on the one hand, but an entitled money-driven cretin on the other. His life changes almost overnight when he’s found to have acted slimily (but not illegally) by selling a stock short. His wife deserts him, his daughters disown him, and he loses his final and favorite home. At forty-six, disgraced and broke and lonely, Barnaby must repair his life to find redemption. Out of print for more than a decade, Frederick G. Dillen’s comic (and now timely) novel about an unlikely hero is now being reissued as part of librarian and NPR commentator Nancy Pearl’s Book Lust Rediscoveries series.


About Frederick G. Dillen

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Frederick G. Dillen was born in Greenwich Village to a family on fire, raised in a New Hampshire boarding school, and graduated from Stanford. To pay for his writing, he worked odd jobs from Lahaina to Taos and New York to L.A., managing a hotel and running a fake ranch, carrying plates and shilling for business. His short fiction has appeared in literary quarterlies and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. His Hero was named Best First Novel of 1994 by the Dictionary of Literary Biography. Dillen and his wife Leslie are parents of two grown daughters and three dogs and have settled, for good they hope, in New Mexico.
Published August 14, 2012 by AmazonEncore. 309 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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When he’s called back to the country club to preserve his family claim to their sacred membership, Griswold guesses the stock market will crash overnight, calls a few select friends, and finds Marie again, the daughter of a club elder.

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Barnaby Griswold, the protagonist of this assured and sophisticated novel, is a fulfillment of his father's worst fear: a fool, an indulgent ""fluffmeister."" After his devious, get-rich-quick investment scheme is exposed, he loses everything: his home, his wife and children and, above all, the s...

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Peter Potter, the young car salesman from Oklahoma who led Barnaby into the scandal that eventually ruined them both, soon becomes Peterpotter, memorably described as follows: "He had to acknowledge that the young one gave off sulfurous vapors of wreckage and recrimination, but that was only caus...

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But something altogether new happens to Barnaby: as vinegary old Ada moves in and out of episodes of dotage, despair, and fleeting lucidity, she and Barnaby come to depend on each other in ways that are no less real for their absurdity.

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