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Spinning and the art of re-invention.
on 10 July 2013
Ben has been sleepwalking to disaster for some time. The meltdown, when it happens, is pretty spectacular and, needless to say, has dramatic consequences for his family. All things considered, his wife, Helen, handles it with remarkable aplomb. But for Sara, their adopted Chinese daughter in her vulnerable early teens, it looks like life is about to throw her another curveball.
When the surprisingly resourceful Helen lands a job in PR, we get some great insight into the world of 'spin' and crisis management. We also get to meet a superb supporting cast including Helen's astute but struggling boss Harvey, Ben's smart small-town lawyer Bonifacio, Sara's rich shoplifting boyfriend Cutter, clip-board nazi Bettina and the famous movie star Hamilton Barth (think: Johnny Depp).
This is a sharply observed and thoroughly engaging read at the heart of which lies the universal need for re-invention. Or is this a uniquely American phenomenon? In any event, Jonathan Dee keeps things moving at a cracking pace and at 270-odd pages, he doesn't outstay his welcome either (something of a rarity these days). I loved it.