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California Dreaming: A Smooth-Running, Low Mileage, Best-Priced American Adventure
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"Wickedly funny" (Newsday) Lawrence Donegan takes the American dream for a spin with a hilarious accont of his stint as a used car salesman in California in this irresistible follow-up to No News at Throat Lake. Trading in his native Scotland for the Stateside lure of a six-figure job in Silicon Valley, musician/writer/adventure-seeker Lawrence Donegan instead finds himself working as a used car salesman in San Jose, home of the world's biggest car lot. As he kicks the proverbial tires of America's most maligned profession, he quickly gains a nickname ("Hey Scotty") and a reputation ("You're the worst salesman I've seen in twenty years"). But with mentors such as Mickey "The Legend" McDonal and Tony "The Tank" Tognazzini, Donegan soon acquires the brass balls and lowdown cunning he needs to sell his first can and pursue that Oscar of the used car world, the Salesman of the Month Award. Like a Nick Hornby character adrift in Southern California, Donegan navigates the curves--and curveballs--of American culture in a rip-roaring, entertaining read.
Lured by a six-figure salary in Silicon Valley and fond memories of his low-rent North American rock 'n' roll tour, U.K. journalist, bass player, and adventure seeker Lawrence Donegan lands in California to pursue the American dream. Somewhere along the way he takes a wrong turn and ends up working on Orchard Boulevard, home of the world's biggest car lot. Donegan quickly picks up a reputation as the worst salesman anyone has seen in twenty years, but with mentors like Mickey "The Legend" McDonald, Tony "The Tank" Tognazzini, and Frankie "The Rock" Reames, it isn't long before he acquires the brass balls and lowdown cunning he needs to sell his first car.
California Dreaming is part personal journey, part classic American adventure. It charts Donegan's career as an "asphalt warrior," from multiple rejections ("Get away from me, sleazeball!") to his pursuit of the Oscar of the used-car business: the Salesman of the Month Award. You'll find yourself rooting for him every step of the way.
About the Author
Lawrence Donegan was born in Scotland in 1961. After attending Glasgow University, he played bass guitar with two pop groups, the Bluebells and Lloyd Cole and the Commotions. He then joined the London Guardian and has since written two acclaimed memoirs, Maybe It Should Have Been a Three Iron and No News at Throat Lake, the latter published by Washington Square Press.
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