The Good Guy

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BOOKS - by Su­san Beale, Ha­chette.

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.

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