Welcome to the wonderful world of public education,
as seen through the eyes of seasoned substitute teacher,
Horton Hagardy. It's a time you might recall with
great fondness if you were a student--a day to escape
the oppressive existence of your everyday tormentors.
If you're a substitute, however, these dark, funny,
and often poignant stories, take you to a very real
In Emil DeAndreis's new book, Beyond Folly,
we are on the front lines of the education system,
in the trenches, so to speak, of what it feels like
to face the everyday challenges of being a teacher
on call. These thoughtful and insightful linked-together
tales give the reader a behind-the-scenes peek into
the life and mind of a substitute teacher, an isolated,
underpaid, and underappreciated professional.
"The further one reads in Beyond Folly,
the more one comes to understand the choreography
behind its farcical panoply of strange characters
in absurd circumstances. As with A Confederacy of
Dunces, the deadpan, staggering weirdness of it all
is a veil to cover piercing insight into how we deal
with being human, tribal, and hopeful."
- Robert Lieberman, Conte
"Fun, funny, and acutely observed, Beyond Folly
is the book for anyone who has ever substitute taught,
or even just thought about it."
- Adam Wilson, author of Flatscreen