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Pike's Folly

Heppner, Mike, 1972- (Book - 2006)
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Hailed by Entertainment Weekly as “a fearsome cultural critic disguised in novelist’s clothing,” Mike Heppner now offers a hilarious, scathing, and ultimately endearing account of a multigenerational search for the fully, perhaps overly, examined life and the pandemonium that ensues.
            Nathaniel Pike—a self-proclaimed Emersonian and self-aggrandizing gazillionaire infamous for developing costly projects utterly devoid of purpose—is purchasing a parcel of federal wilderness in New Hampshire with the intention of paving it over. While his assistant uses Pike as a cash machine, an excuse for writer’s block, and a distraction from his wife’s budding exhibitionist career, the Interior Department bureaucrat brokering the land hopes to pocket Pike’s money but skirt the scandal promised him by various activists. Meanwhile, Rhode Island’s other gazillionaire enlists Pike to help shore up his faltering philanthropies, an overture that enrages his daughter but delights her boyfriend, to whom Pike is a heroic pioneer of transgressive cinema and, incredibly, a friend of his hero, Brian Wilson.
In this round-robin of folly, Heppner turns a merciless eye on cultural malfeasances from the digital avant-garde to disingenuous tax reform—even as the participants in Pike’s Folly gradually capture our sympathy, caught as they are in a richly comic and humane version of this hugely imperfect world.



Baker & Taylor
Nathaniel Pike, a self-aggrandizing New England millionaire devoted to a series of projects of no significance whatsoever, currently plans to purchase a parcel of federal wilderness in order to create a parking lot miles from any road.

Blackwell North Amer
Nathaniel Pike - a self-proclaimed Emersonian and self-aggrandizing gazillionaire infamous for developing costly projects utterly devoid of purpose - is purchasing a parcel of federal wilderness in New Hampshire with the intention of paving it over. While his assistant uses Pike as a cash machine, an excuse for writer's block, and a distraction from his wife's budding exhibitionist career, the Interior Department bureaucrat brokering the land hopes to pocket Pike's money but skirt the scandal promised him by various activists. Meanwhile, Rhode Island's other gazillionaire enlists Pike to help shore up his faltering philanthropies, an overture that enrages his daughter but delights her boyfriend, to whom Pike is a heroic pioneer of transgressive cinema and, incredibly, a friend of his hero, Brian Wilson.
In this round-robin of folly, Heppner turns a merciless eye on cultural malfeasances from the digital avant-garde to disingenuous tax reform - even as the participants in Pike's Folly gradually capture our sympathy, caught as they are in a richly comic and humane version of this hugely imperfect world.

Baker
& Taylor

The follies and foibles of a group of people involved in a relentless quest for meaning and purpose centers around Nathaniel Pike, a self-aggrandizing New England millionaire devoted to a series of projects of no significance whatsoever, who currently plans to purchase a parcel of federal wilderness with the intention of creating a parking lot miles from any road. 17,500 first printing.

Authors: Heppner, Mike, 1972-
Statement of Responsibility: Mike Heppner
Title: Pike's folly
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 319 p. ; 22 cm.
Subject Headings: Land tenure Fiction Rhode Island Fiction Millionaires Fiction New Hampshire Fiction Wilderness areas Fiction Eccentrics and eccentricities Fiction
Topical Term: Land tenure
Millionaires
Wilderness areas
Eccentrics and eccentricities
LCCN: 2005044589
ISBN: 0375412891
Research Call Number: JFD 06-5048
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