In Fear of Praise

In Fear of Praise

by G. S. Richter
In Fear of Praise

In Fear of Praise

by G. S. Richter



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Food. Alcohol. Pornography. The films of Aki Kaurismäki. These are Gordon’s addictions. He’s divorced, he’s depressed, and his dog is dead. (Of lesser concern, his career as a professor of film studies is coming to an end.) There isn’t much left of his life to ruin. That is, until the daughter he always knew he had—but never wanted to meet—comes mysteriously creeping into the picture.

Her name is Dresden, and her mother is dying. Gordon would rather not engage. But romantic embarrassments with Monica Barnes, a colleague in the Media Arts department at Copperhead College, amid an eruption of hysterical student activism, drive him to flee back East. Back to his homeland. Back to the scene of his only true crime: procreation.

Against all of his instincts, Gordon plunges into a noirish search for Dresden, through a seedy New England underbelly crawling with drug dealers, pimps, and dreamless destitution. Finding her means learning that she lives in squalor—and that she is raising a son, Reggie, all on her own. In the face of these revelations, Gordon must search himself for untapped reserves of responsibility and grace. Most of the damage is done, yet perhaps something can be salvaged from the wreckage. His whole life now boils down to a single question: Is he man enough to be a father?

Even if so, it may be too late.

In Fear of Praise is at once a profane tale of middle-aged dating, a scandalous send-up of modern campus politics, and an irreverent take on father-daughter relationships. Above all, it is a scathing investigation into the deepest, darkest heart of manhood itself.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940164077211
Publisher: G. S. Richter
Publication date: 07/31/2020
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: eBook
File size: 535 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

G. S. Richter is the author of the dark sci-fi novella Nihil's Retina and the forthcoming In Fear of Praise, a work of depressive realism. He occasionally writes reviews and other garbage for Toilet ov Hell (an underground metal blog, not a shit fetish site) at

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