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George Breal is desperately looking for a job at a time when most people his age are thinking about retirement. He finally lands one at a Boston electronics firm run by the obsessive, unapproachable Dr. John Lowell. Despite a lifetime of business successes, Lowell is estranged from his daughter, Catherine, and unknown to his grandsons. His closest companion is his long-suffering secretary, Edna. And now Lowell finds his company under increasing threat from a German competitor, which prompts him to wonder about his role in the breakdown of his family. Lowell’s increasing emotional turmoil means more work for Breal, who is given the task of turning the company around. Told through the eyes of a collection of characters, this is a tale of business and personal intrigue. Eisner gives readers a seat at ETI’s executive table, taking them deep into the heart of a business and exploring all aspects of this highly competitive world. Filled with humor and insight, Eisner’s latest novel is a fascinating story of people attempting to navigate complex terrain while keeping the simple things in plain sight. --Carol Gladstein

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George Breal is desperately looking for a job at a time when most people his age are thinking about retirement. He finally lands one at a Boston electronics firm run by the obsessive, unapproachable Dr. John Lowell. Despite a lifetime of business successes, Lowell is estranged from his daughter, Catherine, and unknown to his grandsons. His closest companion is his long-suffering secretary, Edna. And now Lowell finds his company under increasing threat from a German competitor, which prompts him to wonder about his role in the breakdown of his family. Lowell's increasing emotional turmoil means more work for Breal, who is given the task of turning the company around. Told through the eyes of a collection of characters, this is a tale of business and personal intrigue. Eisner gives readers a seat at ETI s executive table, taking them deep into the heart of a business and exploring all aspects of this highly competitive world. Filled with humor and insight, Eisner s latest novel is a fascinating story of people attempting to navigate complex terrain while keeping the simple things in plain sight. --Booklist
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 341 pages
  • Publisher: Permanent Press (February 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579623123
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579623128
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,603,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A young man translates Dante while a daughter tries to translate her father's silence. An honest worker translates his unemployment into eagerness to find a job, then puts his all into making the next job work. His wife translates despair into honest preparation. And all the unspoken words behind the board meeting, bored meters, greeters, salesmen, creators and union reps fall into the gaps between what's really meant and what's said.
Love blooms in the translation of poetry, Italian to English, promise to life, and there's a curiously satisfying symmetry of parents encountering their children's friends, meeting strangers, struggling without the ones who made them safe, all matched by Dante's sense of beauty and loss.
Behind it all is the facade of a once-great company struggling to retain its market share. This novel's set in the very real, very modern world of financial chaos and loss. The ways of the old world might not work anymore. New strategies, new paradigms take over. And an old man, like a stone lion in front of a glass-fronted tower block, might soon feel out of place, roaring because lions are meant to roar but lacking the teeth to fight.
Of course, stone lions can be beautiful in any surroundings. Age can find purpose. Love can be renewed. And, though the world's never perfect, there will be a way through.
William Eisner's The Stone Lion brings the worlds of big business, research and development, sales and marketing to life. They're not my favorite worlds, but the author peoples them with fascinating characters and crafts an interesting mix of interpersonal and company relationships, keeping me reading and eager to see how the tale might end. It ends well. I like this lion.

Disclosure: I received a free bound galley of this novel from the publisher.
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As a retired business owner, I really appreciated what the owner of the business in this book went through in the growth of HIS business, the challenges he faced, and, eventually what happened to him and his business as time went on (I don't want to give away the plot!) Good character development, although the technique of giving the reader access to the inner musings of the irascible old founder didn't take place until well into the book. A page-turner; I will download more of this author's books, for sure.
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By William Eisner on February 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book is a super good read. You'll want to read it more than once and recommend it to your friends.
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