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Friday, November 01, 2013

Featured Indie Book: The Way Up (Ward Jones)

 The Way Up (Ward Jones)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Literary Fiction The Way Up by Ward Jones.

The Way Up reflects the search for self fulfillment, which for most means finding someone you love, and the less personal but vitally important quest: finding and keeping a good job. In this novel John Howard, a salesman after finishing near the bottom of his class, searches for both.

The Book has been published via Amazon CreateSpace and is available as eBook and Paperback - 316 pages - released in October 2013.

About the Book

The Way Up reveals an almost microscopic intimacy of life as a salesman, and as minutely what it’s like to be an associate of a law firm. The hours of work, the personal sacrifices, the pressure of showing your worth, day after day, have rarely in a novel been shown with this kind of clarity and honesty.

This Book is written for readers who want to be enlightened, entertained, but also moved.

The life of a young man, John Howard, at times heroic, at times comic, who tries, in the small ways he can, to make his life better. This son of a cruel father, submissive mother, is brought to life for the pages of The Way Up.

 The Way Up (Ward Jones)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "Ward Jones has the background to write this novel that addresses the legal profession on several levels: he has been both a private and a corporate lawyer and understands the lingo as well as the tenor that surrounds life in the legal lane. [...]
John Howard has completed law school but after being fired from a legal firm he is (no surprise these days!) unable to find a job: he fills in the spaces by being, among other things, a door to door salesman for such companies as Portapotty. Losing jobs while dancing between unsuccessful relationships with women lands him back at his parent's home - a less than comfortable situation because of John's haughty alcoholic father's behavior patterns. After a series of traumas - his mother's cancerous demise, the loss of his older brother in a car crash - John meets and marries Kathy who also practices law, and subsequently falls in with a precious oil tycoon who enjoins John to form a gas exploration and drilling company. But John's life seem cursed as his marriage ends in divorce, Kathy gains custody of their daughter. John develops from an immature twenty-six-year-old who is bullied by his father into a sophisticated, confident businessman, sorely tested by environmental catastrophes and a beautiful wife who increasingly places her career far ahead of him and her child.[...]"
- Grady Harp (Amazon TOP 50 Reviewer)

- "A law school grad endures unwelcome career changes, a dire relationship with his father and a precarious marriage in Jones’ (After Isaactown, 2011) latest drama.
Life after law school for John Howard meant work as a door-to-door salesman; his biggest seller was the Portapotty. But when he loses his job and moves back in with his parents, his father’s spiteful behavior convinces John to secure employment elsewhere. What follows is a surprising shift in careers and a volatile romance with Kathy, another lawyer, all in the hope that he can make a better life for himself, away from his father’s control[...]"
- Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Author Ward Jones
Author Ward Jones
Ward Jones was previously a lawyer in private and corporate practice.

Since 1995, he has written six novels. A seventh, a sequel to The Way Up, is in progress.

He has also written short stories, among them Joe Bugle, published in Audience.

Links to the Author and the Book

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Link to the Paperback The Way Up with Excerpt on Amazon

Link to the eBook The Way Up with Excerpt on Amazon

 The Way Up (Ward Jones)