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a questionable life: A Novel
     

a questionable life: A Novel

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by Luke Lively
 

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Hard-charging Philadelphia banker Jack Oliver has always made tough choices and sacrifices to achieve success, but when his mid-sized banking group is bought out by a mega-chain, Jack finds himself knocked from the top rung to the bottom of the ladder. When the stress of the merger lands him in the hospital, he realizes that his wife and kids hate him and his mistress

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Hard-charging Philadelphia banker Jack Oliver has always made tough choices and sacrifices to achieve success, but when his mid-sized banking group is bought out by a mega-chain, Jack finds himself knocked from the top rung to the bottom of the ladder. When the stress of the merger lands him in the hospital, he realizes that his wife and kids hate him and his mistress is only interested in the number of zeros in his paycheck. When Jack is approached by Benny, the old-fashioned president of a small Virginia bank, he doubts he could ever work for such a small-town guy after his cut-throat career.Left without the success he once craved and the family he undervalued, Jack may discover how to reclaim what he had taken for granted and lead a new kind of 'questionable life'.

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Publishers Weekly
In his debut novel, Lively combines his background as a bank executive and motivational speaker to deliver what reads like a self-help book disguised as fiction. Tenacious Philadelphia banker Jack Oliver has always put career before everything else-family, colleagues and friends-until his employer, Philadelphia Trust & Guaranty, is purchased by a mega-chain, knocking Jack to the bottom of ladder. The stress lands him in the hospital, where he realizes his wife and two children have all but abandoned him, and his mistress only loves his power. A mutual friend introduces Jack to Benjamin Price, the old-fashioned president of a small Virginia bank, who not only offers Jack a fresh career start but helps him re-evaluate his life by forcing him to question what he holds dear. Each of 44 chapters open with a question ("Where Have You Been?") and a trite quote ("We lose what we fail to use"), and Oliver's woe-is-me narration quickly wears thin. Lively relies on predictable conventions, but does spin a good story; especially vibrant are tense scenes of corporate greed and deceit.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780825305214
Publisher:
Beaufort Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Luke Lively has over 25 years experience as a bank executive and currently runs Lively Consulting Services. He regularly lectures on organizational change, leadership and client service and has been published in a number of banking publications including The American Banker. Luke lives in North Carolina with his wife of 27 years, Teresa.

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a questionable life: A Novel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Me and my wife loved this book..Not only is it an entertaining novel, but it's also an inspirational and somewhat a self-help guide to a meaningful life. The story within this book could be anyone's story or anyone's life. Great read..especially for a first time author. -Brandon
harstan More than 1 year ago
The job comes first to Philadelphia Trust & Guaranty banker Jack Oliver as he climbs the ladder of success. He ignores his wife Tina and two children Joshua and Jessica except when he needs them to promote his career. His friends are only buddies if they matter in his business life as does his colleagues. When PT&G is purchased by the Merchants bank, Jack, twenty-seven years there and second highest in rank is stunned as he is kicked to the bottom of the food chain and maybe out the door if he is not careful. The stress and disappointment leads him to a hospital stay in which he learns who cares about him: no one as his family and his mistress fail to visit him. A friend John Helms introduces Jack to Benjamin "Benny" Price, the old-fashioned president of the small local Citizens Bank in Roanoke, Virginia, who hires Jack, but also mentors him on what matters in life even when Merchant Bank comes to town with its avaricious bottom line ledger. This is an enjoyable inspirational drama that is It's A Wonderful Life meets Scrooge in a modern but somewhat remote setting. The story line opens each chapter with poignant questions and related but somewhat clichéd citations, but the running theme throughout the plot is that it is never too late to change from a life evolved around the seven deadly sins to a caring loving person. Although the tale is obvious where it is going, readers will enjoy the journey. Harriet Klausner