Fiction. From the West Wing of the White House to the “Celestial Trial” of Ben Franklin, to the slums of Philadelphia, POOR RICHARD’S LAMENT takes us on a whirlwind tour of time and space. Ben’s odyssey begins at his birth site in Boston, passes through New York, and ends, with wrenching poignancy, at his grave site in Philadelphia. Following in the traditions of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life, with intimations of Dante’s Divine Comedy, “POOR RICHARD’S LAMENT, nine years in the making, is an intricately woven, ultimately uplifting tale of revelations and redemption.
At a time when a host of economic and social ills is causing many of us to contemplate a world beyond materialism and narcissism, Poor Richard’s Lament juices up the process with an ever-building sense of moral urgency. Where to begin to sing the praises of this singular work?… A grand and gorgeous book! The pleasures of prose, passion, and intelligence pervade these pages. —Michael Zuckerman, University of Pennsylvania
A re-imagining of Benjamin Franklin you will not soon forget. —Walter Isaacson, author of Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
Written with uncommon love for and attention to language, story, and character; nearly every page sparkles with insight and wisdom. —Ban Nyo Sho Shin, Buddhist monk
About the Author:
Tom Fitzgerald experienced a Huckleberry Finn childhood near the confluence of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River before undertaking formal studies in physics, mathematics, law, industrial management, and English. He has served as a door-to-door salesman of home-study courses, a vocational counselor for adults and children with developmental disabilities, a stockbroker, the assistant to the president of a large healthcare corporation, a lobbyist, a technical writer, and a corporate manager. In the latter two capacities, his employers have included AT&T Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, NEC, IBM/Lotus Development and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. Tom served as a Navy UDT/SEAL during the Vietnam era, and has swum several long distances, including across the eastern end of Lake Ontario. Once also an avid runner, Tom ran the Boston Marathon three times before a fall on black ice abruptly ended a lifelong addiction to endorphins. He and his wife of 44 years, a marriage and family therapist, live in New England. They have three grown sons and three grandsons.