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By Terry Fallis

On his first day at Turner King, David Stewart fast realizes that the area of foreign PR (affectionately, often called "the darkish side") is a miles cry from his past task with the Canadian govt. For one, he ignored the workplace memo at the all-black gown code; for one more, there are sufficient acronyms and jargon to make his head spin. sooner than he even has time to discover the washroom, David is assigned an incredible undertaking: devise a crusade to revitalize North America's curiosity within the house program--maybe even convey NASA's pollsters that gazing a go back and forth release is extra attractive than going out for lunch with pals. The strain is on, and earlier than lengthy, David reveals himself suggesting the main out-of-this-world inspiration that you can imagine: a Citizen Astronaut lottery that may ship one American and one Canadian to the foreign area Station. abruptly, David's vaulted into an odyssey of his personal, navigating the company politics of a giant PR business enterprise; wading throughout the murky waters of U.S.-Canada kinfolk; and attempting to carry directly to his new activity whereas nonetheless doing definitely the right thing. 

Equal elements smart and satirical, considerate and affecting, Up and Down is Terry Fallis at his most sensible, confirming his prestige as a literary star.

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