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Frederick graduated from Stanford.
(Self-absorbed Barnaby Griswold has to lose it all - money...)
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.
(From award-winning author Frederick Dillen, an inspiring ...)
From award-winning author Frederick Dillen, an inspiring and deeply moving novel about the power of second chances As a corporate “undertaker” for a mergers and acquisitions firm in New York, Carol MacLean travels from factory to factory, firing blue-collar workers who remind her of her father and the kids she grew up with. She hates her job. But Carol has been biding her time: her boss has promised that one day, after she has paid her dues, Carol will get to run a company instead of having to bury it. On what is supposed to be her last assignment, Carol travels up the coast of Massachusetts to a desperate fishing town where the late lobster and day boats cluster around the inner harbor, the blue steeples of the Portuguese church stand tall on the horizon, and the last remaining fish processing plant is in its death throes. That’s when she learns that she’s about to be fired. To save the town and herself, Carol becomes determined to rescue the factory she's under orders to shut down.
(After losing her father to whiskey and her mother to canc...)
After losing her father to whiskey and her mother to cancer, all Prudence has left is skiing. She hitchhikes to a remote ski area in New Mexico - someplace no one would look for her if they were looking. She manages to land a job with the ski patrol. Their gruff kindness, and the fact that she has nobody else, strengthens her resolve to prove herself on the mountain. So, when a blizzard descends as fierce and blinding as God, she refuses to show her fear or be left behind. To her astonishment, it is her more experienced colleague who makes a deadly mistake in the storm, leaving Prudence to beg a terrifying kiss.
Frederick was raised on scholarship in a New Hampshire boarding school and graduated from Stanford.
To pay for his writing, Frederick Dillen worked odd jobs from Lahaina to Taos and New York to Los Angeles.
Dillen's first novel, Hero (1994), is about an aging waiter who deals with a Manhattan steakhouse kitchen crew and his own failings. He is a college graduate whose alcoholism led to the breakup of his marriage, and whose own son died from a drug overdose. The protagonist is known only as Hero, so named because he once caught another waiter's falling tray, and the others who inhabit the story are also called by descriptive names, such as the Bolivian, the Chinaman, and the Iranian. The multicultural mix also includes several gay waiters, and all of the action takes place in the nameless restaurant. The waiters, barman, and cooks work in an atmosphere of male banter and petty rivalries. Fat Tom is the corrupt manager with whom Hero tangles over unsanitary conditions. Having held wait jobs across the country, Dillen provides meticulous detail in describing the environment and the pitfalls of performing the job.
Barnaby Griswold, the protagonist of Dillen's second novel, Fool (1999), also loses everything - his wife, his daughters, and his boyhood summer home. Barnaby gets involved with two-car salesmen-turned-oil speculators with whom he travels to Oklahoma. When he hears his dead father telling him to "sell short," Barnaby betrays his partners, and one takes his complaint to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Barnaby's right to trade is suspended, and his life falls apart. Broke and alone and needing a place to live in Oklahoma, he takes on the care of his former wife's sick mother, who has suffered a series of strokes, and it is there that he finally develops a moving and unselfish relationship and begins to understand how to turn his life around.
Frederick's third book, Beauty (2014), an inspiring and deeply moving novel about the power of second chances. Beauty explores the ways in which one woman will risk everything - her savings, her reputation, and even a chance at love - in pursuit of her dream.
Dillen and his wife, Leslie, are parents of two daughters.