Thanks to Kaitlyn McCrystal of Touchstone Publicity/Simon & Schuster, Inc I am giving away 2 print copies of the Truth in Advertising.
Finbar Dolan has escaped his blue-collar Boston upbringing to carve out a mildly successful career at Madison Avenue ad agency Lauderbeck, Kline & Vanderhosen. Fin is happy. Or so he tells himself. He feels fulfilled by his work and content in his relationships—at least to the extent that most of his waking hours revolve around a diaper account and that he keeps everyone around him at a careful distance (other than “work wife” Phoebe and Ian, the “gay brother he never had”—except for Kevin, the gay brother Fin does have).
Actually, Fin is a bit of a mess. He recently called off a wedding and now, a few days before Christmas, he’s forced to cancel a long-postponed vacation in order to write, produce, and edit a Super Bowl commercial in record time (Now, with new Snugglies Planet-Changers, the world’s first disposable, bio-degradable diapers, every time you change a diaper, you can help change the world). Fortunately, it gets worse. Fin learns that his once-abusive father—who left the family 25 years ago—is dying and alone. And that neither his brothers nor his sister intend to visit (some families grow closer; others are Irish). It’s a wake-up call to re-evaluate the choices he has made regarding romantic relationships (thirty-nine and single), marriage (see the aforementioned cancelation of wedding), children (enjoys holding and smelling them, fears being responsible role model for them), and more.
In hilarious, insightful, and at times sardonic fashion, Fin gradually finds the courage to admit that he’s falling for Phoebe, question whether diapers are really that important, and finally tell the truth about his life and his past.
BOOKLIST-STARRED REVIEW: “A masterful blend of wit and seriousness, stunning in its honesty. A novel sure to appeal to fans of Nick Hornby.”
KIRKUS REVIEWS-STARRED REVIEW: “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.”
LIBRARY JOURNAL-STARRED REVIEW: “With wry wit, excellent pacing, and pitch-perfect, often hilarious, dialog, Kenney has created something remarkable: a surprisingly funny novel about an adult American male finally becoming a man. Highly recommended.”
About John Kenney:
Kenney has worked in the ad industry for over seventeen years and that experience drives this smart, funny (the opening scene involves Gwyneth Paltrow and diapers), honest novel about (among other things) the absurdity of corporate life, the complications of love, the meaning of family, and the challenge of FINALLY finding your way in life.
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