No Relation

No Relation

A Novel

Book - 2013
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This is the story of a middle-aged copywriter in New York City. He's worked at the same ad agency for fifteen years, but one morning this copywriter finds himself fired from his job, and after he catches his live-in girlfriend moving out of their apartment a couple hours later, he's also single. Believe it or not, these aren't the biggest problems in this copywriter's life. There's something bigger, something that has been haunting him his whole life. Meet Earnest Hemmingway. What's in a name? Well, if you share your moniker with the likes of some of the most revered, infamous, and sometimes dreaded names in history, plenty. This is Earnest's lifelong plight, but something more recent is on his plate: His father is pressuring him to come home and play an active role in running the family clothing business. And as a complex familial battle plays out, Earnest's inherited name leads him in unexpected directions.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2013
ISBN: 9780771036163
0771036167
Branch Call Number: F FAL NVD
Characteristics: 395 p. ; 21 cm

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dlh1
Sep 03, 2016

A light, sometimes amusing story. I don't think I'll look for any other works by this author, though.

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trds
Jun 06, 2016

I could tell the places where Fallis thought he was being funny, but I found no amusement in this book. The writing is bland, and the plot predictable. Boring.

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GLNovak
Mar 26, 2015

This was a very entertaining, light, quick, fun read. I can't say it was as good as Best Laid Plans which was very engaging as an idea. Here we have a nice man who has a super bad day and then goes on to have a lot of good days, ending with a happy ever after. We meet a lot of characters only briefly, but enough to get a sense of their quirkiness. I personally would have enjoyed more of them but the book is all about Earnest Hemmingway. I think this would be the perfect beach book - easy to read (one day for me) and not mentally taxing.

If you can get through the first 200 pages with its boring, self absorbed protagonist, the final few chapters with the attempted take-over of the underwear business is a great read.
I think Fallis wrote this book so he could use travel to Paris and South America as a tax write off for his writing income.

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gymgurl
Feb 04, 2015

This book had a simple but fun plot. It was funny and a bit silly at times but I still really liked it.

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Ron_depippo
Jan 27, 2015

I love Fallis' work, wish he'd write more!

Bliane Oct 08, 2014

light and funny.

CookingFrog Aug 05, 2014

wordy, long, self centered. Not much fun for the reader to experience this laborious attempt at writing a book. The humor is so forced. Best Laid Plans had some worth but this one is a completely botched. an embarrassment for Fallis.

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Travel
Jul 22, 2014

Nice light summer reading, but can't compare to The Best Laid Plans and The High Road. Those were tales that really had me laughing out loud.

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bmatt32
Jul 03, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyable read! I always enjoy Terry Fallis books and this was no exception! A nice light, quick read with likeable characters and humourous situations. Read this and all of Terry Fallis' books for a feel good reading experience!

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