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If I Don't Six: A Novel

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Elwood Reid first appeared on the literary stage with a powerful and bruising story called "What Salmon Know," which appeared in the March 1997 issue of GQ.  Here was a writer not afraid to examine the soulful underside of the American male, or the violence that accompanies disappointed dreams.  Now, in his first, extraordinary novel, Reid tells the story of Elwood Riley, a six-foot-six, 275-pound blue-collar kid whose ticket out of Cleveland is a "full ride" football scholarship to the University of Michigan.

But Riley is cursed with intelligence and an awareness of the vicious inhumanity of the college football system.  If Riley doesn't want to "six"--lose his scholarship or get maimed--he has to become a "fella," a pain-loving freak too nihilistic to care what he does to himself or others.  And after Riley encounters the alluring, mysteriously damaged Kate, his dilemma becomes ever more painful.

Elwood Reid's portrait of this world is at once blackly humorous, starkly tragic, and perfectly detailed.  With deft strokes, he portrays emotionally stunted coaches who have mastered the art of humiliating and manipulating young men, groupies attracted to the fame but undone by the shocking cruelty of the players, and the athletes themselves, who grow addicted to violence, alcohol, and steroids, too caught up in the glory of playing for Big Blue to notice they are mere meat to the coaches and the university.

In tough, spare, beautiful prose that should invite comparisons to the works of Thom Jones and Denis Johnson, Reid describes a place where young men damage their souls and their bodies in pursuit of a worthless glamor.  This is a profound, unsettling book about a familiar yet hidden world--a Greek tragedy in cleats.

About the Author

Elwood Reid, a former college football player, has been a carpenter, a bouncer, a cook, a bartender, and a writing instructor.  His acclaimed short story "What Salmon Know" will be part of a collection to be published by Doubleday in 1999.  He lives in upstate New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385491204
Author:
Reid, Elwood
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Sports
Subject:
Michigan
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College athletes
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Sports stories
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Football players
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College stories.
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General Fiction
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Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
August 17, 1999
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.02x5.23x.80 in. .52 lbs.

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