G.P. Putnam's Sons
On Sale: January 15, 2019
Hardcover / e-Book
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Fiction | Humor
From New Yorker contributor and the Thurber
Prize-winning author of Truth in Advertising comes a
wry yet tenderhearted look at how one man's public fall from
grace leads him back to his family, and back to the man he
used to be.
It's a story that Ted Grayson has reported time and time
again in his job as a network TV anchor: the public downfall
of those at the top. He just never imagined that it would
happen to him. After his profanity-laced tirade is caught on
camera, his reputation and career are destroyed, leaving him
without a script for the first time in years.
While American viewers may have loved and trusted Ted for
decades, his family certainly didn't: His years of constant
travel and his big-screen persona have frayed all of his
important relationships. At the time of his meltdown, Ted is
estranged from his wife, Claire, and his adult daughter,
Franny, a writer for a popular website. Franny views her
father's disgrace with curiosity and perhaps a bit of smug
satisfaction, but when her boss suggests that she confront
Ted in an interview, she has to decide whether to use his
loss as her career gain. And for Ted, this may be a chance
to take a hard look at what got him to this place, and to
try to find his way back before it's too late.
Talk to Me is a sharply observed, darkly funny, and
ultimately warm story about a man who wakes up too late to
the mess he's made of his life... and about our capacity for
forgiveness and empathy.
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