Selling America

Author: Tolnay, Tom

Subjects: Marketing; Short Stories; Social Life and Customs

ISBN: 1-928767-38-9

Order code: S389

Price: $17.50
Website price: $13.00

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Selling America is a book of eighteen short stories, some light, some dark, each involving selling and buying in one form or another and its impact on the people and culture of the United States. Brilliantly written by award-winning storyteller Tom Tolnay, these enthralling and challenging tales will resonate with anyone who has ever been in sales, has had to live with someone in sales, or has made a purchase—that is, all of us.

Can you keep your integrity while driving a hard bargain on which your livelihood depends? A door-to-door salesman selling products of dubious value is disturbed by a string of successes. If you take consumerism and competition to extremes, what could happen? Two neighbors from competing insurance companies allow their homes to be destroyed rather than cooperate with each other. A customer tries to destroy a store selling death, only to meet his own fate. A greedy diner in a restaurant eats until he literally explodes.

In his introduction, Tolnay writes: “...with every dollar bill that changes hands, it seems, we spend a few more cents of our limited reserves of humanity.” Tolnay's experience in marketing is apparent, and his stories are thought-provoking.

Tom Tolnay is the author of two mystery novels and a collection of fiction. His stories have appeared in dozens of periodicals. He is the owner of Birch Brook Press, which publishes handcrafted letterpress editions printed on vintage equipment.

The wood engraving on the cover is by Gregory Lago.

Reviews:

"Some of these stories are masterpieces of the storyteller's art, wonders." The New Formalist, Vol. VII, 2007

"At times darkly comic, at times tragic, always with biting insight into the relentless drive of materialism, Selling America is highly recommended." – Midwest Book Review

"In this collection, there is both humor and pathos.... Reading Tolnay is a special treat." – Alan Coruba, Bookviews.com

Selling America is a book of eighteen short stories, some light, some dark, each involving selling and buying in one form or another and its impact on the people and culture of the United States. Brilliantly written by award-winning storyteller Tom Tolnay, these enthralling and challenging tales will resonate with anyone who has ever been in sales, has had to live with someone in sales, or has made a purchase—that is, all of us.

Can you keep your integrity while driving a hard bargain on which your livelihood depends? A door-to-door salesman selling products of dubious value is disturbed by a string of successes. If you take consumerism and competition to extremes, what could happen? Two neighbors from competing insurance companies allow their homes to be destroyed rather than cooperate with each other. A customer tries to destroy a store selling death, only to meet his own fate. A greedy diner in a restaurant eats until he literally explodes.

In his introduction, Tolnay writes: “...with every dollar bill that changes hands, it seems, we spend a few more cents of our limited reserves of humanity.” Tolnay's experience in marketing is apparent, and his stories are thought-provoking.

Tom Tolnay is the author of two mystery novels and a collection of fiction. His stories have appeared in dozens of periodicals. He is the owner of Birch Brook Press, which publishes handcrafted letterpress editions printed on vintage equipment.

The wood engraving on the cover is by Gregory Lago.

Reviews:

"Some of these stories are masterpieces of the storyteller's art, wonders." – The New Formalist, Vol. VII, 2007

"At times darkly comic, at times tragic, always with biting insight into the relentless drive of materialism, Selling America is highly recommended." – Midwest Book Review

"In this collection, there is both humor and pathos.... Reading Tolnay is a special treat." – Alan Coruba, Bookviews.com

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