GLOWING REVIEWS AND CRITICAL ACCLAIM: John Kenney’s debut novel, Truth in Advertising, received incredible reviews, with the Washington Post calling it a “clear-eyed, sympathetic story about complex family ties and the possibility of healing,” and from The New York Times, Associated Press, Chicago Tribune, Entertainment Weekly, and USA Today. It was a People Book Pick, a Boston Globe Book of the Week, Book Riot’s funniest novel of the year, and one of O Magazine’s “Ten Titles to Pick up Now.”
BOOKSELLER AND AUTHOR FAVORITE:Truth in Advertising made the January 2013 Indie Next List and was named an Amazon Best Book of the Month. Kenney was Powells.com’s blogger for the week of on-sale, and the book garnered strong word-of-mouth praise from booksellers and well-known humorists such as Monty Python’s Eric Idle and Andy Borowitz and literary all-stars like Jami Attenberg and William Landay.
PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR:Truth in Advertising won the 2014 Thurber Prize for American Humor (beating out David Letterman), and Kenney has twice hosted the awards since. He has major literary chops, with a background as a New Yorker “Shouts and Murmurs” contributor and as an advertising copywriter.
A WRY BUT TENDER STORY: At its heart, Talk to Me is the story of a man who wakes up to the mess of his life and tries to find his way back to the man he used to be. Kenney’s writing is droll, funny, warmhearted, and engaging, as well as timely; Ted Grayson’s fall from grace taps into the recent media focus on public downfalls, including those of major media figures. But the novel is more than a story about the media—it is a tender look at family, marriage, and the passing of an era.
Praise for Truth in Advertising
“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
“Peppered with colorful impressions of New York City life, Truth in Advertising is a quick-witted, wry sendup of the advertising industry and corporate culture…. Delivers a clear-eyed, sympathetic story about complex family ties and the possibility of healing.” —Washington Post
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