Up and Down by Terry Fallis

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This pleasurable satire goes broad rather than deep, but it makes some meaningful observations, such as highlighting the rise of women in the corporate world.
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The author of the Stephen Leacock Medal-winning The Best Laid Plans brings his trademark humour and sharp storytelling to a new novel set in the high-stakes world of a global public relations agency.
 
On his first day at Turner King, David Stewart quickly realizes that the world of international PR (affectionately, perhaps ironically, known as "the dark side") is a far cry from his previous job on Parliament Hill. For one, he missed the office memo on the all-black dress code; for another, there are enough acronyms and jargon to make his head spin. Before he even has time to find the washroom, David is assigned a major project: devise a campaign to revitalize North America's interest in the space program - maybe even show NASA's pollsters that watching a shuttle launch is more appealing than going out for lunch with friends. The pressure is on, and before long, David finds himself suggesting the most out-of-this-world idea imaginable: a Citizen Astronaut lottery that would send one Canadian and one American to the International Space Station. Suddenly, David's vaulted into an odyssey of his own, navigating the corporate politics of a big PR agency; wading through the murky but always hilarious waters of Canada-U.S. relations; and trying to hold on to his new job while still doing the right thing.


Equal parts clever and satirical, thoughtful and affecting, Up and Down is Terry Fallis at his best, confirming his status as a Canadian literary star.

 

About Terry Fallis

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TERRY FALLIS grew up in Toronto and earned an engineering degree from McMaster University. His first book, The Best Laid Plans, began as a podcast, then was self-published, won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, was re-published by McClelland & Stewart to great reviews, and was crowned the 2011 winner of CBC's Canada Reads as "the essential Canadian novel of the decade." His follow-up, The High Road, was a finalist for the 2011 Leacock Medal. A skilled public speaker, Terry Fallis is also cofounder of the public relations agency Thornley Fallis. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two children.






Author Residence: Toronto
 
Published September 11, 2012 by Douglas Gibson Books. 434 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Above average
Reviewed by Donna Bailey Nurse on Nov 16 2012

This pleasurable satire goes broad rather than deep, but it makes some meaningful observations, such as highlighting the rise of women in the corporate world.

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Reviewed by Donna Bailey Nurse on Nov 16 2012

This pleasurable satire goes broad rather than deep, but it makes some meaningful observations, such as highlighting the rise of women in the corporate world.

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