Saturday, April 20, 2013

Truth in Advertising

Charming. I was charmed by John Kenney’s debut novel, Truth in Advertising. Protagonist Fin Dunbar works as a mid level copywriter for an ad agency and finds himself faced with what could be a career changer: working on an ad for the Superbowl. At the same time, his estranged father is dying. Kenney creates a workplace with vivid accuracy, and with the insight that there is never enough time to do everything that needs to be done. Work and life balance is an issue, as is maturity. Before readers know it, we’re rooting for Fin, caring about what happens to him, and laughing at the client, the work, and Fin’s relationships. We’re also charmed by the people who care about Fin, and how he seems to start to grow up, at last. For readers looking for a novel that depicts work and life with realism, consider this one. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase Truth in Advertising from

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