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Truth in Advertising

Truth in Advertising

Finbar Dolan is lost and lonely. Except he doesn’t know it. Despite escaping his blue-collar Boston upbringing to carve out a mildly successful career at a Madison Avenue ad agency, he’s a bit of a mess and closing in on forty. He’s recently called off his wedding. Now, a few days before Christmas, he’s forced to cancel a long-postponed vacation in order to write, produce, and edit a Superbowl commercial for his diaper account in record time.

Fortunately, it gets worse. He learns that his long-estranged and once-abusive father has fallen ill. And that neither his brothers nor his sister intend to visit. It’s a wake-up call for Fin to re-evaluate the choices he’s made, admit that he’s falling for his co-worker Phoebe, question the importance of diapers in his life, and finally tell the truth about his life and his past.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 7th July 2016

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9781472152107


A former copywriter, Kenney knows this world and skewers it with deadly accuracy.
Sunday Herald
It's the stuff of Jonathan Tropper novels and Judd Apatow films and every Zooey Deschanel fantasy
A masterful blend of wit and seriousness, stunning in its honesty. A novel sure to appeal to fans of Nick Hornby
Booklist (starred review)
A lively debut that has 'movie deal' written all over it.
People Magazine
With wry humor, always on point, Kenney guides us through the maze of work, family, love (elusive) and friendship (a lifesaver). This is an outstanding debut
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
The protagonist, Finbar Dolan, is Don Draper stripped of all his glamour, success and pomade. What Fin, a midlevel copywriter, does have on Don is a sense of humor. . . . Framed around a surprisingly sweet romance, as well as Fin's eventual confrontation with his painful family history, this debut offers a pleasing lightness-to-heart ratio.
New York Times
A quick-witted, wry sendup of the advertising industry and corporate culture...A clear-eyed, sympathetic story about complex family ties and the possibility of healing
Washington Post
In this Nick Hornby-esque fiction debut, midlife crisis and family tragedy force a 39-year-old ad man to reevaluate his priorities.
O Magazine, Ten Titles to Pick Up Now
We're sold on Kenney's trenchant, quick-witted debut
Entertainment Weekly