A Fool Among Fools

Rated 5.00/5 based on 4 reviews
It's 1986 and Michael Gregoretti is a struggling copywriter at a big New York ad agency, trapped on accounts no one else will touch. Toss in one insane boss, a sweet and sassy gal pal, a dreamboat boyfriend with cold feet, a wisecracking roommate and what might be the worst TV commercials ever made, and you've got a witty, wonderful story that will keep you laughing until the very last page. More

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Words: 94,930
Language: English
ISBN: 9780615763989
About John Terracuso

John Terracuso spent most of the 1980s working in New York City as an advertising copywriter. He then moved to HBO Home Video as creative services manager, followed by a stint in the New York PBS press office.

John has worked on several documentary and independent films, and wrote, produced, and directed the video short "It’s Someone’s Wonderful Life." John also wrote the pilot and several early episodes of "In the Life," the pioneering LGBT news and variety program seen nationwide on PBS stations. He is currently a freelance writer and fundraising consultant.

John has written four screenplays, including an adaptation of "The Traveler" in collaboration with the play’s author, Jean-Claude van Itallie.

John grew up on Long Island and graduated Fairfield University in 1979. He lives in Greenfield, Massachusetts, with his partner, Wendell Wyatt. They’ve been together since 1997.

A FOOL AMONG FOOLS is his first novel.

Reviews

Review by: Deanna on Jan. 12, 2014 :
I really enjoyed this book. It is very well-written with plenty of witty dialogue and funny moments that hook you and keep you wanting more.

Who can't empathize with Michael, who hates his job and finds himself often unlucky in love? I quickly became attached to him and could feel his frustrations. I applauded his gusto when he stood up for himself to the wretched Gwen, and wanted to shake him for not showing the same backbone in his love life.

Lucky for Michael, he has supportive parents and friends who love him for who he is and see the great in him. When it seems all is lost, and he may as well just pack it in, Michael pulls himself up by his bootstraps (with the help of his parents), and gets ready to embark on a new phase in his life.

Even through the most melancholy moments, Terracuso pulls the reader through with humor and great writing. I highly recommend this very entertaining book.

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Kevin Stiles on July 29, 2013 :
This is a wonderful story, told with an unusual warmth, and I found myself turning the e-pages ever faster as the tale progressed. You're drawn into the story such that you seem to be the middle of a cast of characters that you cannot help but care about. Mind you, for every character that you wish a turn of better fortune, there is another that you will wish a tragic accident. The humor is so finely layered that it seems that you will have to re-read the book to get it all. But this book is not all wit and characters - there's plenty to take away to think about. If you read Amos Lassen's review and took away that this book will only be of interest to gay readers, you should think again. Like all well-crafted tales, this one leaves you wanting more at the end. But since it is Mr. Terracuso's first, I guess that will involve waiting.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Linda Grossman on July 29, 2013 :
The author lets you see the world through his characters and you can see them in your minds' eye. I felt as if a friend was telling me a story about their own life (with all the anecdotes included) - the good/the bad/the ugly. Had I ever been in similar situations? Of course (just with the names and locations changed to protect the 'innocent').

I hope the author continues to share his talent - the world needs more good writers who can share their outlook on life!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Wendell Wyatt on June 18, 2013 : (no rating)
Amos Lassen expressed exactly what I feel in his review:

Every once in a while a book comes my way that makes me sit up and think that gay literary writing is better than ever... we are just halfway through the year. Then along comes this book by John Terracuso that just hit the top of my year’s best list. I knew from the moment that I read the dedication that I was reading something special and I am smiling as I type this just as I smiled as I read the novel… I love to find new talent and even more than I love to talk about and push new talent. This is Terracuso’s first novel and he has made quite a splash as he jumps into the swimming pool of gay literature. It is rare that a new author will do so much so correct on his first outing. We feel his quick wit which he shares with the wonderful characters that he has created…Take my word for it—this is a book you do not want to miss.

Read the entire review at:
http://reviewsbyamoslassen.com/?p=23058

A great summer read - funny, touching - check it out!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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