Hank Davis is the retail banking industry's everyman: young, scrappy, and a little bit skeptical about his career prospects and the greater purpose of his Midwestern bank branch.

But when a visit from the bank's chief executive prompts his co-workers to step up their game, Davis begins to see meaning in his job and a path to personal success. His story is told in "S.A.L.T. & Pepper," a new novella — and perhaps the first work of fiction to feature a branch banker as protagonist. S.A.L.T. stands for the lessons Davis learns about service, advice, leadership and teamwork. Pepper signifies the extra motivation he gets from the CEO, Ed Pepper.

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