Guy Ridley

Guy Ridley

Book Cover: Guy Ridley
Editions:Kindle: $ 2.99

by Richard French

A Creative Bookseller Deals With Problems that Threaten his Sanity

Guy Ridley, in his late fifties, runs a second-hand bookstore near an urban university in the American Midwest. He understands academic procedures and might have been a scholar and teacher himself, but now he walks along a parallel road that no academic would take. Devoted to Cervantes’ novel Don Quixote, he writes short stories to express his insights as he struggles with several challenges:

  1. He and the wife he still loves have been separated for many years. He’d like them to get back together.
  2.  He wants to resolve an old scandal that precipitated his wife’s departure from the school’s biology department while others stayed behind and still work mischief.
  3. He suffers from intermittent attacks of mental impairment during which he believes that demons assault him. At such times, he imagines that Don Quixote and his sidekick Sancho will rescue him.

Some aspects of his life go well. He likes the way his stories have turned out and would be pleased to know that they’re included in this account of his life. Moreover, several people he’s taken under his wing benefit from his friendship and generosity.

The question is – will he flourish for the first time since the early days of his marriage or will the challenges he deals with bring him down?

“Guy Ridley” is the second novel Richard French has set at a fictitious university. If you like literary fiction and Cervantes’ landmark novel, chances are this story will appeal to you.

Buy this innovative novel now and get to know a man whose goodness of heart faces severe challenges.

Reviews:Evie on Amazon wrote:

Guy Ridley, a novel by Richard French, is the story of a unique and complex man. In addition to owning a second-hand bookstore, Guy Ridley is a writer and a deep thinker. His life may not have gone the way he hoped, but he tries to make the best of things. However, there are problems and obstacles to deal with. Can he triumph over them?

The author has crafted a powerful, deep and meaningful story. His attention to detail, for both the characters and the setting, is impressive. This novel is well worth reading. Highly recommended.

About the Author...

Richard French was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1942. He decided when he was in the 8th grade that fiction writing would be at the center of his life. He has written more than a dozen novels now available on Kindle and as print on demand paperback from Amazon's CreateSpace. His website is

After graduating from the University of Chicago, he served in the American army for four years with almost three as a Lao linguist. He has dabbled in the theatre and worked in the banking business in the Boston area. In later life, he served as a pastor of a Lutheran Church-Canada congregation in Sudbury, Ontario. He now lives in Toronto and works part-time at a mid-town congregation.

Zack Pospieszynski designed book covers for his novels. Zack is former director of Toronto's Peak Gallery and is now Program Director, at an innovative gallery called Matter.

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