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.
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.
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
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