“For Christ sake don’t become a fluffmeister” are the last words Barnaby Griswold’s father utters to him. But despite trying to turn out otherwise, Barnaby is indisputably a fool. A well-educated, well-connected investments player on the one hand, but an entitled money-driven fool on the other.
Barnaby Griswold’s life changes almost overnight when he’s found to have acted perhaps slimily (but not illegally) by selling short a stock. His wife deserts him, his daughters disown him, and he loses his final and favorite home. All he has left is a similarly deserted mother-in-law, in Oklahoma of all places, and of course the enemies who went belly up on his final deal.
At forty-six, disgraced and broke and lonely, Barnaby must repair his life and maybe, just maybe, he’ll learn that doing the foolish thing may lead to his redemption.
Out of print for more than a decade, Frederick G. Dillen’s comic and now timely novel about an unlikely hero is being reissued as part of librarian and NPR commentator Nancy Pearl’s Book Lust Rediscoveries series.