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Rules for Becoming a Legend


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ISBN13: 9780670014880
ISBN10: 0670014885
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I rate this a five because what I know of the plot and author has me over the moon with excitement. I am so anxious to get my hands on a copy.
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Lane, Timothy S.
Viking Adult
Literature-Family Life
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Product details 352 pages Viking Adult - English 9780670014880 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Jimmy Kirkus, the hero of Lane's debut novel, set in Columbia City, Ore., is a high school basketball prodigy on the brink of a crack-up. Practicing in the gym after an off day, his frustration growing, Jimmy begins to run at the gym's brick wall over and over again until he knocks himself unconscious. This incident earns the half-Japanese Jimmy the nickname Kamikaze Kirkus, and makes him a legend in his hometown. From here, the novel ranges backward and forward in time, each chapter indicating its relationship to this event: 'three years until the wall,' '74 days after the wall,' etc. It soon emerges that Jimmy is the son of another onetime basketball prodigy, Todd 'Freight Train' Kirkus, who was sidelined by injury and poor choices. Jimmy's Japanese mother is suffocating in her marriage, his mentally unbalanced grandfather is frequently homeless, and additional problems await the family. The prose and plot are serviceable, but the choppy structure obscures Jimmy's feelings and motivations, ensuring that nothing he endures makes as vivid an impression as that early scene in the gym. And even that bravura moment raises more questions than the novel ultimately answers. Agent: Rachael Dillon Fried, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , “With Rules for Becoming a Legend basketball has its Friday Night Lights, Timothy S. Lane has a game-winner, and you get something to read ‘til you'll miss your subway stop. What makes for a squandered life? Can a man turn around who he is like he can turn around a jumpshot? This is a great basketball novel and more than just that. Lane writes about the universal by way of the bouncing, orange particular, and his book's a triumph.”
"Review" by , "A slam dunk of a debut. Rules for Becoming a Legend speaks to heartland America with all the authenticity and pathos of great Springsteen song — it'll hit you like a brick wall."
"Review" by , Rules for Becoming a Legend is inventive, stylish, and moves straight to the heart. The story of would-be legend Jimmy 'Kamikaze' Kirkus is about so much more than high school basketball; it is a book about fathers and sons, expectations and disappointments, fame and infamy. Like Kamikaze Kirkus, Timothy S. Lane drives his superb debut novel straight at the wall, without flinching.”
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