Raising the romantic comedy into the realm of quality literature, Fool's Errand begins by asking the question "What if you met the man of your dreams, only to fall fast asleep?" For Patrick Beaton, it means casting off on a quest for the elusive Scottish Prince: the man in the cranberry sweater, who spoke a few words and disappeared into the mists of a dream. In searching for the elusive man of his dreams, Patrick Beaton crosses paths with a host of other searchers, including Rick, a law librarian who answers Patrick's missed-chances advertisement; Marianne, Patrick's best friend and a fool for love; and Patrick's father, a would-be entrepreneur pursuing the latest in a long line of quixotic business ventures. Patrick also finds an unlikely confederate in the frenetically hyper Seth, who joins his search with an obsessive zeal masking his convoluted motivation. Norway rats, CIA agents, antiterrorist driving experts, infertile violin teachers, serial car thieves, and gay vigilantes add further complications to Patrick and Seth's search for a man who may or may not exist. Part mystery, part farce, and part love story, Fool's Errand takes readers on a journey through the heart of contemporary Washington, D.C., where an ensemble cast of memorable characters, each in search of a perfect life, provide a thought-provoking look at the quest for happiness and the desire to connect meaningfully with another person.
Used availability for Louis Bayard's Fool's Errand
April 1999 : USA Paperback