How to Sell by Clancy Martin
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Bobby Clark is just sixteen when he drops out of school to follow his big brother, Jim, into the jewelry business. Bobby idolizes Jim and is in awe of Jim’s girlfriend, Lisa, the best saleswoman at the Fort Worth Deluxe Diamond Exchange.  What follows is the story of a young man’s education in two of the oldest human passions, love and money. Through a dark, sharp lens, Clancy Martin captures the luxury business in all its exquisite vulgarity and outrageous fraud, finding in the diamond-and-watch trade a metaphor for the American soul at work.


 

About Clancy Martin

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Clancy Martin worked for many years in the fine jewelry business. He is an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Missouri. He has translated works by Friedrich Nietzsche and Søren Kierkegaard and is currently at work on a translation of Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil.
 
Published May 12, 2009 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 304 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Crime. Fiction

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Takedowns of the national dream through parables of fraudulence and overreaching aspiration centered on material wealth are staples of American fiction: that’s the subject of “The Great Gatsby” — or, to cut even closer to the stone of Martin’s subject, of Fitzgerald’s shorter work “The Diamond as...

May 14 2009 | Read Full Review of How to Sell: A Novel

The Guardian

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Bobby Clark, barely 16, emotionally green yet a veteran petty thief, leaves Canada for Texas to join older brother Jim at the Fort Worth Deluxe Diamond Exchange.

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Publishers Weekly

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In no time, Bobby and Jim are snorting lines, Bobby's moving in on (and smoking crank with) Jim's mistress, Lisa, and getting a crash course in amazingly crooked business.

Feb 23 2009 | Read Full Review of How to Sell: A Novel

The Bookbag

Summary: Drawing on his own experience in the jewellery business, Clancy Martin has an interesting tale to tell of two brothers and their cons, but it's a struggle to get through the mannered narration.

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Jim picks Bobby up at the airport in a rented limo and offers him cocaine, and Jim's girlfriend, a beautiful jewelry saleswoman named Lisa, runs her fingers flirtatiously through Bobby's hair.

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Tampa Bay Times

Bobby Clark, the hero of Clancy Martin's How to Sell, is a born thief, and not at all ashamed of it.

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Bookmarks Magazine

But just as The Great Gatsby reflected the corrupted ideals of the Jazz Age, How to Sell may come to represent the early 21st-century American dream-and how we continue to sell each other and our souls for a tiny, unsatisfying glimpse of it.

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Book Forum

When his older brother, Jim, suggests that Bobby join him at the Fort Worth Deluxe Diamond Exchange, Bobby boards a plane for Texas.

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Elle

Near the end of How to Sell (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), Clancy Martin's debut novel set amid Dallas' fine jewelry business, narrator Bobby Clark tackles the title question: "How do you sell a diamond to a young ­couple?"

May 19 2009 | Read Full Review of How to Sell: A Novel

The Nervous Breakdown

I think of Bobby as a guy who really is in search of the truth, and Lisa as a heroine who deeply believes in the importance of truth—and really kind of an honest, authentic person—and is ultimately sacrificed to her inability to reconcile her life with her convictions.

May 15 2010 | Read Full Review of How to Sell: A Novel

The Paris Review

If you haven’t read the play recently, the plot is simple: The Professor and his beautiful wife, half his age, have moved to the country for his retirement, where his daughter Sonya (played by Merritt Wever) owns a farm that she runs with her Uncle (Vanya).

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