New York, NY (PRWEB) October 23, 2009
Beaufort Books (http://www.beaufortbooks.com)announces the release of A Questionable Life by Luke Lively. A Questionable Life is now available wherever fine books are sold. In A Questionable Life (ISBN: 978-0-825305-21-4, Hardcover, 432 pages, $24.95, Fiction) Lively introduces protagonist Jack Oliver, a hard-charging, Philadelphia born-and-bred banking executive who finds his world in turmoil when his life-long goal slips from his grasp.
Even at a young age, Jack had mapped out his future and set his sights on the ultimate goal: becoming president at PT&G, Philadelphia Trust & Guaranty, the largest bank in Philadelphia. Not content to work for the family plumbing business, Jack charged ahead and worked his way up from an entry-level job to the second-highest position at the bank. When PT&G is bought out by Merchants, one of the largest banking systems in the country, Jack is forced to come face-to-face with a harsh reality: the position he had long considered the pinnacle of success is no longer a possibility.
For the first time in over 27 years, Jack, now 45, must confront the aftermath of having devoted nearly every waking hour to work. His personal life is in shambles; he's made difficult choices at the expense of others; he's surrendered his integrity by turning a blind eye to greed, dishonesty, and questionable business practices; and now, the job once defined and sustained him is in danger of consuming him.
When Jack's long time friend John Helms suggests that Jack needs a change and offers to introduce him to Benjamin Franklin "Benny" Price, the CEO of Citizens Bank in Roanoke, Virginia, Jack is initially disdainful. Why would Jack Oliver, a big fish in the big pond of Philly, even consider a job in a hick town? And Benny? Who could even take a guy with a name like that seriously? What could Benny, a seventy-year-old dinosaur of the banking world, have to offer him?
But when Jack faces an unexpected health crisis, he realizes that John is right: he does need a change. Jack reluctantly agrees to meet Benny for a weekend visit in the mountains of Virginia, and during that fateful trip, Jack discovers that Benny, a man with whom he assumed he'd have nothing in common, is not all that dissimilar. What's more, Benny actually has a fresh perspective on life, work, and success. But Benny sure doesn't have all the answers-- in fact, Benny only has questions.
Left without the success he once craved and the family he undervalued, can Jack, a man whose life has been punctuated by wanting more--more money, more power, more prestige--learn to embrace the concept of a new kind of 'questionable life'?
An eloquent, thought-provoking, and inspirational novel that reads like non-fiction, A Questionable Life is filled with an unmistakable air of authenticity. Destined to stay with readers long after the final page is turned, A Questionable Life is a triumphant and touching tale about choices and consequences, love and loss, and regret and redemption. Through Jack Oliver, novelist Luke Lively delivers a remarkable story that chronicles of one man's bittersweet journey from despair to discovery.
Luke Lively has over 25 years experience as a bank executive and currently runs Lively Consulting Services. He regularly lectures on organizational change, leadership and client service and has been published in a number of banking publications including The American Banker. Luke lives in North Carolina with his wife of 27 years, Teresa. Based in New York, Beaufort Books (http://www.beaufortbooks.com) was named one of the fastest growing independent publishers of 2007 by Publishers Weekly.
Members of the news media wishing to request additional information or a review copy of A Questionable Life are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone - (615) 297-9875.