Charles A. Fracchia

Palimpsest: A Man’s Life in San Francisco
Frank Molinari is an Italian-American, a devout Roman Catholic, a married man with children from a previous marriage, and a successful investment advisor living in San Francisco. As he faces the changes of getting older the breakdown of the body, the increasing closeness of death, and a very different world from that in which he was raised his irritation with many of the changes that have transpired in his world is seen through the kaleidoscope of his conversations with friends and of the memories he has about his friendships and lovers. Charles Fracchia’s Palimpsest is a welcome addition to the scarcity of fiction that examines what seems to an older person to be the golden years of his youth.

Charles A. Fracchia is a native San Franciscan. He received a BA in history from the University of San Francisco, an MA in history from San Francisco State University, an MLS from the University of California in Berkeley, and an MA in theology from the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley. Fracchia spent 20 years in the investment banking and investment advisory business and 35 years as an academic, teaching at San Francisco State University, City College of San Francisco, and the University of San Francisco. He is the author of 15 books; Palimpsest is his first book of fiction. He is a Fellow of the California Historical Society, and the Founder and President Emeritus of the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society. Fracchia was one of the founders of Rolling Stone magazine.