Truth in Advertising

Truth in Advertising

Large Print - 2013 | Large print edition.
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Finbar Dolan is lost and lonely. 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 Super Bowl commercial for his diaper account in record time.
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2013.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781611736809
Branch Call Number: LGE-TYPE KENNEY
Characteristics: 463 pages (large print) ; 23 cm


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"Truth in Advertising" is the first novel by New Yorker humor contributor, John Kenney. Our narrator is Finbar Dolan, an ad man for a Madison Avenue advertising agency. Just before the Christmas holidays, he's forced to cancel a much-needed vacation in order to create a Super Bowl ad for a revolutionary eco-friendly diaper. Fin has recently called off a wedding and slowly discovers he's in love with his co-worker, Phoebe. This book is funny and sweet. If you love Nick Hornsby novels, you'll love "Truth in Advertising". The book won the 2014 Thurber Prize for American Humor. Recommended by Sonia

Jul 08, 2013

I found this to be an engrossing book. While the primary theme was advertising, and sprinkled with humor, I found the underlying story of the main character's struggle to find meaning out of his life touching and redemptive.

tealdawg May 23, 2013

Spent 20 years in advertising... 7 of them in New York mostly working for the agency that did the 1984 commercial. While Kenney may have tried to capture the "truth in advertising" his writing is trite and stupid at best. He was wise to get out of the business.

Feb 21, 2013

Well written, funny, insightful

clipshie175 Feb 19, 2013

Great, funny, touching book.


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