Entertainment Weekly, New & Notable
New York Post, Best Book of the Week
By the author of the New York Times best seller Love Poems for Married People and the Thurber Prize-winner 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.
"With a publicly decimated career and a neglected family in his wake, ex-TV anchor Ted Grayson finds himself taking a hard look at the life he's led and the ways in which he can build a better life in this perceptive new book by John Kenney." (Southern Living)
"With depth and sympathy...[Kenney] saves a sweetly ironic twist for a redemptive ending.... A powerful and moving rendition of a story we've been waiting to hear: what it's like to be the bad guy in this ripped-from-the-headlines situation." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)
"Kenney's timely satire succeeds with significant nuance.... Most winning, though, are Kenney's incisive considerations of parenthood, familial love, and what actually matters when all is seemingly lost." (Booklist)
What members say
- Louis Bernstein
I liked the story a lot but I thought the narrator really made it. he was great.
Well worth reading and listening to
It’s a keeper for me. Narration was spot on, and the story was moving. If you like redemption stories this is one of the better ones.