Synopses & Reviews
From the bestselling author ofThe Underground Railroad
An NPR Best Book of the Year
In 2011, Grantland magazine gave bestselling novelist Colson Whitehead $10,000 to play at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. It was the assignment of a lifetime, except for one hitch he d never played in a casino tournament before. With just six weeks to train, our humble narrator took the Greyhound to Atlantic City to learn the ways of high-stakes Texas Hold em.
Poker culture, he discovered, is marked by joy, heartbreak, and grizzled veterans playing against teenage hotshots weaned on Internet gambling. Not to mention the not-to-be overlooked issue of coordinating Port Authority bus schedules with your kid s drop-off and pickup at school. Finally arriving in Vegas for the multimillion-dollar tournament, Whitehead brilliantly details his progress, both literal and existential, through the event s antes and turns, through its gritty moments of calculation, hope, and spectacle. Entertaining, ironic, and strangely profound, this epic search for meaning at the World Series of Poker is a sure bet.
About the Author
COLSON WHITEHEAD is the New York Times
bestselling author of Zone One
, Sag Harbor
, The Intuitionist
, John Henry Days
, Apex Hides the Hurt
, and one collection of essays, The Colossus of New York
. A Pulitzer Prize finalist, a recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, and a MacArthur Fellowship, he lives in New York City.
From the Hardcover edition.