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A Posturing of Fools
By Brewster Milton Robertson
River City Publishing, 2004
Hardcover, $27.95 (408 pages)
ISBN: 1-57966-051-7
 
 

A Posturing of Fools, Brewster Robertson's third novel, is his most picaresque to date. Readers of Robertson's earlier works, Rainy Days and Sundays and The Grail Mystique, will recognize motifs reminiscent of John Irving's early work. 

Hanley Logan Baird, back from Bosnia, has a young son, a lifeless marriage, and a dull job. As a sales representative for Severance Pharmaceuticals, Logan spends an immense amount of his life on the road, or in airports, promoting Virecta, a male enhancement. When his boss invites him to attend a medical symposium at the Greenbriar Resort, Logan looks forward to the opportunity to play golf and flirt. 

The premature death of Logan's army buddy, John Paul, offers Logan a new start. John Paul's legacy to Paul is enough money to fund a struggling writers memorial foundation, a transformational experience for all involved. 

Robertson's novel is a great romp. The book, scheduled to be launched at the Greenbriar, was partially inspired by the author's experiences at the West Virginia State Medical Association's annual Greenbriar meeting. Like Logan, in the 1950s, Robertson was a pharmaceutical rep. 

Born in Roanoke, and now living in Fairhope, Alabama, the author has also worked in marketing and film (among many other occupations). Inspired by watching the coming attractions at a local movie theater, Robertson decided to make a dvd to accompany the promotion of A Posturing of Fools. Written by Robertson and filmed along the drive from Roanoke to White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia, the dvd is a brilliant marketing tool. 

 
 
Pam Kingsbury
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