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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

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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:
9780825305238
Publisher:
Midpoint Trade Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/01/2009
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
File size:
2 MB

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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