From the opening pages of TRUTH IN ADVERTISING, the reader is plunged into the world of Finbar Dolan who works at a New York advertising agency. The writing is crisp and the storytelling propels the reader into the characters and scenes. John Kenney has crafted an excellent first published novel.
Like many people, Fin wonders if there is value in their work in advertising. He asks his boss, Martin, "Is it enough? What we do?"
"Martin stares for a time. "No. It's not enough. Relative to a trauma surgeon or special ed teacher or UN AIDS worker in Uganda, no. It's not nearly enough. But I'm not any of those things. And I'm okay with that. I like what I do. I think what we do has value. Good companies matter to people. Their products matter to people." (Page 296)
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, January 2013: Don't let the fast-paced advertising executive banter about designer jeans, bottomless expense accounts, and Gwyneth Paltrow fool you: Truth in Advertising is not a glossy pop confessional. Under a wafer-thin candy coating, John Kenney reveals a deep, acerbic skepticism about corporate life, family, and love. His main character, Finbar Dolan, is a lonely man who wants his job to mean something but doesn't think it does. He wants real human connections but is estranged from his own family. He wants the truth but can't stop lying to himself. Part Nick Hornby and part Joseph Heller, this debut is both a satire of consumerism and a painful exploration of what it means to forgive. A spoonful of sugar just helps the medicine go down. --Benjamin Moebius