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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 from Fairfield University in 1979. He lives in Massachusetts with Wendell Wyatt. They were married in 2014 on the seventeenth anniversary of the day they met.
Published May 19th 2013 by Smashwords
Published: May 19, 2013
375 pages/94,940 words
Cover art by: Maureen Panzera/SanPan Design
It's 1986. Ronald Reagan is in the White House, Molly Ringwald is on the cover of Time and 29-year-old Michael Gregoretti is a struggling, underpaid copywriter at a big New York ad agency. He'd rather be writing plays; instead, he's writing awful commercials for a moisturizer formulated to conquer that dire, life-threatening condition: handruff.
Michael reluctantly accepts an assignment on a brand-new (and very secret) product – an aerosol butter – hoping it will lead to the kind of work that will land him a better job at another agency. But there's a catch: Working on this new account will also mean working for the rigid, compulsive and quite possibly insane Gwen Hammond, who thinks that Michael, with his off-the-wall ideas and unconventional campaigns, is just too much of a rebel to work with such a conservative client.
To further complicate life, Michael meets and falls for Craig Connolly, an absolute dreamboat from the South with a voice like FM radio and a face to match. Craig claims he'd like to be in a relationship and Michael wants to believe it. The problem is, Craig is already married – to his job.
Michael survives it all with the help of his two best friends: Irene Lucca, a witty book editor with a flair for vintage clothing and an eye for the art director Michael works with, and Anthony DeLorenzo, Michael's wise (and wisecracking) roommate and staunchest supporter.
By the time A Fool Among Fools ends, Michael has battled stuffy clients and stifling supervisors, written and produced what just might be the worst commercials in the history of advertising, found and lost love, and managed to keep himself – and the reader – laughing along the way.
Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
John Terracuso took me back to the good old days of the 1980s. I am a child of that generation and I remember how there was a whole lot of hope floating around. When Ronald Reagan became president, it was not a shocker, he was popular and he seemed the right choice. Michael is a man of this time and he goes on with his life filled with hope. As a writer, Michael had dreams of becoming a successful playwright but currently, he is a copywriter for an ad agency and the politics and intrigue going on around the workplace made all his dreams go poof and with it? His love life. Well, until Craig that is. Michael thinks he's got hope again but that goes blown in the wind when Craig turns out not to be the perfect man for him.
There is a lot going on here, many of which are funny and some are sad, but overall, it just tells us the life that is Michael. The good thing is, Michael has his friends to turn to and maybe give him the shoulder to gripe on. The better thing, the author is an awesome writer who makes me feel inadequate writing this review.
I mean, seriously (see?!), how often do I get to read a work style and talent I only met when reading the classics? The writing is superb, the editing is excellent (I am no editor but I cannot spot a flaw here) and the plot development did not leave room for doubts or excuses. His descriptive word makes for great imagery and does not leave any doubt that what went on inside his workplace were actually experienced by the author. I have a feeling this is almost autobiographical but then again, all authors leave a little of themselves in all their works. Thing is, what went on here was funnily accurate and real from his whinging to his griping to his bitterness of not being able to be who he really is: a gay man in the 80s.
This is a great read although I must say that not all would love to read a book where an HEA or an HFN is in the horizon. What I got is, Michael went on with life, for the better? For the worse? I don't know.
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