Fool: A Novel

Dillen, Frederick G.

Published by Algonquin Books, 1999
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Synopsis: Barnaby Griswold makes a terrific living from foolishness. A New York investments player who does his research eating and drinking, a joyously well-to-do man with absurd instincts for the next deal, Barnaby senses possibility even in two Oklahoma car dealers across a dining room at La Cote. He joins those boys for a carousing flight to Oklahoma City, and there divines the imminent collapse of the oil boom and makes the happiest amount of money.

Then it all turns bad, and everything Barnaby has ever known is taken away from him. Not just his wife and daughters. Not just livelihood and connections and lunches at La Cote. No-Barnaby, without a nickel, is banished even from his boyhood summer home, the very last roof over his head.

He has nowhere to go but Oklahoma City once more, to take care of his stroke-addled ex-mother-in-law. And while carrying out those duties, God help him, he must try to win his way back to money, the East Coast, and redemption. How does Barnaby-a profoundly uncoordinated man, a spiritual adolescent, a soul with no history of success in love-ever hope to get back? As an athlete, a pilgrim, and a lover.

From the Back Cover: Early praise for FOOL:

"This novel brims with love of the human soul's possibilities for hope and joy and love and resilience and failure. Dillen writes with the excitement and curiosity of a child and the wisdom and talent of a master. Fool is romantic, funny, sad, sometimes violent, and absolutely serious. Dillen is a unique writer, you won't read anyone else like him."--Andre Dubus

"As compelling as a romping game of tennis."--Booklist

An "assured and sophisticated novel."--Publishers Weekly

"Dillen's prose is astonishing."--Library Journal

Praise for Frederick G. Dillen's Hero:

"Not just poignant and charming but impressively realized as well."--The Times Literary Supplement

"Completely engrossing."--The Boston Globe

"Brilliant."--The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)

"In a busy field of excellent first novels, any number of them first-rate by all the usual standards, Frederick G. Dillen's Hero stand out...this small and powerful story is also strangely beautiful and deeply touching. Hero is an experience, real enough to become a memory."--Dictionary of Literary Biography on Awarding Hero its First-Novel Prize

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Title: Fool: A Novel
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Publication Date: 1999
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Good

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