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).
Read exclusive essays by David Shields from 2010