CLANCY MARTIN, HOW TO SELL

When you pick up a debut novel by a philosophy professor, you don't expect a coke-and-meth-fueled tale of the lies that come with family, love, and the jewelry business.

__How to Sell by Clancy Martin

[Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $24]__

When you pick up a debut novel by a philosophy professor, you don't expect a coke-and-meth-fueled tale of the lies that come with family, love, and the jewelry business. But Clancy Martin—who did some time amid Rolexes himself—crafts a familiar 16-year-old character in a setting even more screwed up (and doped up) than he is. Timothy Hodler

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