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Posted May 3, 2009
This is an impressive debut novel for Jay Williams. His narrator, Terry Wilson, is a hard-working, accomplished advertising director with a conscience; well, most of the time. I think Williams' greatest accomplishment in the novel is in creating the character of Terry. His voice as Terry is engaging and amusing, yet complex and thought-provoking. More than anything else, I love the humor in the book, and especially in Terry. It is my brand of humor--intelligent, dry and often black. The situations he faces, both in advertising and in his personal life give him plenty of chance to display his sense of humor.
I laughed a lot, but I cried, too. The story of Terry's friend Sean is a touching one of friendship and personal pain. I give great credit to any author who can wring both of those emotions out of me, as I'm a tough sell.
I look forward to seeing more from the talented Jay Williams.
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Posted May 6, 2009
I thoroughly enjoyed this book from one of the most talented writers Ive read in a while. His characters are real and filled with humanity and energy, but it is his narrative "voice" that is so refreshing and compelling; a great combination of literate humor, compassion and vulnerability all woven together beautifully.
Keep writing Mr. Williams. This fan will keep reading.
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Posted May 6, 2009
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Jay Williams, in his first of what I hope to be a series of novels weaves an intertwining web of real-life inside an advertising agency with that of a long-term friendship.
Several chapters are short bursts and give you secondary story lines that add huge amounts of humor, both overt and dry.
Veterans of ad agency politics, as well as those without a clue as to how one really operates will be equally pleased as 'Terry' (our lead character/narrator) takes you through the daily ad grind. He manages that without talking down to those of us with experience in the business.
My only regret is I finished to book too fast. I'll be re-reading it over the Summer once some of the details have faded from my mind and I can enjoy them anew.
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Posted July 2, 2009
I've read a lot of books in my day and never written a review. Others seem to have more insights and can turn a phrase better. But Soul for Sale made me feel I had to share my experience. I don't know the ad world well but I know what it takes to hold my attention. The writing needs to be crisp, the characters need to be believable, and the story needs to go in directions I wouldn't have thought of. Jay Williams pulled this off at every turn. Do we have the Grisham of advertising here?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.