Synopses & Reviews
Professor Theo Ryan lives a quiet life teaching drama at Cavendish University in North Carolina, but everything gets turned upside down when he meets Ford Rexford America's best-known playwright. Ford is the most talented and the most impossible man Theo has ever met. And Ford's genius, his reckless romanticism, and his fearless love of life profoundly influence the reticent scholar.
When Ford discovers that Theo has written a play, a madcap journey begins that pushes the young recluse out of the wings onto the bright, bustling stages of life and love. There he finds himself playing roles he never would have thought possible.
In his most hilarious book since Handling Sin, Michael Malone has created a story as wildly funny as it is profoundly wise. Foolscap is brilliantly comic, a celebration of creativity and a deft portrait of a memorable cast of very human players.
"Malone...delights the reader with his witty eye for the kind of detail that proclaims with humor and confidence, 'This is true!'" Los Angeles Times Book Review
"This fine and funny novel should not be read in haste. [It] would be both a loss to the reader and an insult to the author's wit and skill." Atlantic Monthly
Young drama professor Theo Ryans life is turned upside down when he meets Joshua "Ford" Rexford Americas most acclaimed playwright and the most impossible and most talented man hes ever encountered. Because of Fords influence, a journey begins that encompasses quirky scholars, bickering university faculty, the Renaissance giant Sir Walter Raleigh, and, of course, ingenious plays.
About the Author
Michael Malone is the literate and compassionate voice of the new American South. Critically acclaimed as one of the countrys finest writers, his great gift for crafting remarkable and enduring comedies, as he did in Handling Sin, Dingley Falls, and Foolscap, is matched only by his ability to deliver riveting suspense and mystery. Now, after a long absence, Michael Malone has returned to the scene of the crime. He has also come home to the South. He now lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina, with his wife, Maureen Quilligan, chair of the English department at Duke University.