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Heroes: A Novelby David Shields
Synopses & Reviews
Albert Biederman, pushing forty, is a sportswriter in River City, Iowa, where college basketball carries the town through the cold winter months. The River State University team has been newly energized by a junior-college transfer form Chicago's South Side — a blond-Afroed point guard who takes the game to a higher level — "the first player," Al says, "to stir my imagination in eighteen years of covering River State basketball." Researching Menkus' background, Al discovers forged transcriptions and recruiting violations. Breaking the story could land him a job on a big-city paper, but what would that cost the player, the town, and Al's own sense of the justice of the game? Originally published twenty years ago, Heroes could not be more prescient or timely.
"Heroes is that rare thing, a really good sports novel that does with basketball what Mark Harris and Bernard Malamud did with basketball: make the passion, pull, and mythological grace of the grace integral to the characters." Chicago Tribune
"A generous novel about those two great American preoccupations, Lost Innocence and Sports." Philadelphia Inquirer
"Like a good point guard, Mr. Shields knows how to control the flow of the game." The New York Times Book Review
"This is as good a novel — as well written a novel — centering on Dr. Naismith's game as any I've read." Ira Berkow, from the foreword
About the Author
David Shields is the author of many books of fiction and nonfiction, including Black Planet: Facing Race During an NBA Season (a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award), Remote: Reflections on Life in the Shadow of Celebrity (winner of the PEN/Revson Award), and Dead Languages: A Novel (winner of the Governor's Award of the State of Washington).
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