The Good Guy
This has to be one of the most accomplished and explosive debut novels ever written, sold at auction by the author’s agent in 2015. Mirroring TV’s Mad Men series, it serves up the swinging social life of the 1960s, coupled with an energetic sexual revolution. Boston car tyre salesman Ted McDougall is Goodyear salesman of the month – again. He and bookish but beautiful wife, “sweet pea” Abigail, have a baby daughter, Mindy. Yet the women at the local book club don’t get Mrs McDougall’s choice of book – John Updike’s Olinger Stories – any more than why she can’t bake a competent drizzle cake. As Ted climbs the ladder, clinching a lucrative deal over T-bone and French wine at a plush steak house, a cosmopolitan new world beckons. Scoring an invite to dinner at boss Curtis and wife Maude’s house, he learns how to hold a fondue fork and “freshen up” his drink. When Ted meets single secretary, “princess” Penny, on a client night out, the inevitable happens... Ted probably never meant to reinvent his life into quite such a Champagne cocktail, but two Teds are much more fun than one.