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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (841 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Kenney Narrator: Robert Petkoff Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A wickedly funny, honest, and poignant debut novel about the absurdity of corporate life, the complications of love, and the meaning of family.

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 a 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 of his brothers or 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 coworker Phoebe, question the importance of diapers in his life, and finally tell the truth about his life and his past.

First-time novelist John Kenney, a regular New Yorker contributor, mines his own advertising background to weave spot-on, compelling insider detail into a hilarious, insightful, at times sardonic, and ultimately moving debut.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “John Kenney writes with style, intelligence, humor, and heart. Truth in Advertising is a frank and wickedly funny peek into a world you only think you’ve seen, a glossy, high-powered ad agency. But it is also something more: the story of a man thoroughly marinated in the little white lies of advertising who must learn, finally, to be honest with himself. Highly recommended.”

    William Landay, New York Times bestselling author of Defending Jacob

  • “With wit and style, John Kenney’s Truth in Advertising nails the advertising world’s absurd complexities and hilarious personalities. But it goes beyond a send-up of corporate America: this is an open, funny, emotionally true book, with numerous charms. I found it irresistible.”

    Jami Attenberg, New York Times bestselling author

  • “No one makes me laugh like John Kenney. So I expected Truth in Advertising to be very funny, and it is. But I was unprepared for how deeply felt and richly observed it would be. This is a beautiful novel and a dazzling debut.”

    Andy Borowitz, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Made me laugh my ass off. Now I have a new ass.”

    Eric Idle, Monty Python’s Flying Circus

  • “A hilarious ad-world satire…The advertising insider lore and commercial shoot set pieces are golden…A comic tour de force; fans of Nick Hornby and Jonathan Tropper will have a new author to watch for.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “With wry wit, excellent pacing, and pitch-perfect, often hilarious, dialogue, Kenney has created something remarkable: a surprisingly funny novel about an adult American male finally becoming a man. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A masterful blend of wit and seriousness, stunning in its honesty. A novel sure to appeal to fans of Nick Hornby.”

    Booklist (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.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “John Kenney has written a funny, biting, brilliant account of modern capitalism and consumerism. If Mad Men has glamorized the ad game then Truth in Advertising goes one better by making it funny as hell. This is the Catch-22 of contemporary corporate America.”

    Karl Taro Greenfeld, author of Triburbia

  • Selected for the January 2013 Indie Next List
  • A Kirkus Reviews “New and Notable Title” in January 2013

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Myonly | 2/20/2014

    " Slow start and I wasn't sure I would stick with it, but I'm glad I did. I really enjoyed it and loved the author's writing style. I'm looking forward to more from him! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amanda | 2/18/2014

    " Quick, perfect read. Funny, poignant -- just like a perfect commercial and just in time for the Super Bowl. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bev Ness | 2/10/2014

    " This book grew on me. Get past the very beginning which was a little confusing and you'll enjoy a great story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kappy | 2/5/2014

    " A quick read but very funny in places when observing some of our current culture. There were serious reflections as well as the display of wit. "

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