Hi. My name's Dave Fromm. I'm a lawyer trying to be a writer. I grew up in western Massachusetts, in a small town called Lenox. It's a beautiful town, maybe the most beautiful town in the world. Probably not. But maybe.
I went to college in Boston and law school in Washington D.C. In between I spent a couple of years living in Prague, where I played basketball for a mid-level Czech semi-pro club -- emphasis on the "semi-". We didn't get paid and nobody came to watch us except our girlfriends, and half the time they didn't come either. Fun season, though. I wrote a book about that season called Expatriate Games: My Season of Misadventures in Czech Semi-Pro Basketball. It's not a great book, although one reviewer said it stood with the best of George Plimpton. Which is insane. You can buy it on here somewhere if you want.
I spent about a decade as a lawyer and will probably do it again at some point. As a career choice, it has its moments. But until then, I'm writing. My first novel is called The Duration. It's a tragic bromance set in Berkshire County. The late, great Tyrus Books published it on May 1, 2016. I encourage you to buy, like, eight copies immediately.
The Duration (Tyrus Books 2016)
“A novel as appealing as it is eccentric[.]" -- Booklist
It's been 100 years since tragedy struck the rolling woods around Fleur-de-Lys, one of dozens of Gilded Age estates dotting the western Massachusetts town of Gable. In Gable, they both begrudge and venerate their past, and even now that health spas and corporate yoga retreats have replaced the mansions of a bygone era, the ghosts of yesteryear linger. Growing up there means navigating those ghosts, and the even more pernicious pitfalls of adolescence, until you're lucky enough to find your footing. Unless you're not.
In The Duration, Boston attorney Pete Johansson finds himself reuniting in Gable with his troubled childhood pal Chickie, who has returned to the wintry town of their youth determined to solve past mysteries and right the wrongs he can't seem to shake. Despite--or because of--his best intentions, Pete is drawn reluctantly into Chick's reckless orbit, straining a bedrock friendship and putting them both at risk.
Expatriate Games (Skyhorse Publishing 2008)
"A droll and utterly charming Gen X tale of a man and a country rediscovering themselves through sport."-- Matthew Polly, author of American Shaolin and Tapped Out
In his first book, lawyer and pro basketballer wannabe Fromm offers an entertaining and often hilarious account of his year in Prague playing point guard in a semipro league and attending political science courses at Central European University. Fromm recounts his adventures with candor and self-deprecating humor, crafting a modest, worthwhile book about discovering yourself and following your passions.