With a soaring, lyrical prose that grips you from the first page and never lets you go, first-time novelist Tom Coyne brings to life an unforgettable story of a young man and the game he loves that is like no other -- A Gentleman's Game. It is the summer of 1985, and on the shaded fairways and immaculate greens of exclusive Fox Chase Country Club in suburban Delaware, Timmy Price is a young man whose mastery of the game of golf inspires awe among the adult membership and envy among his peers. Under the tutelage of the enigmatic guru Foster Pearse, he is beginning to develop a complete game that will soon make him Junior Champion of the state and draw the attention of college recruiters. But when his self-made father forces Timmy to become a caddy at the club to teach him a lesson in humility, he is thrown into the hardscrabble world of the behind-the-scenes workers who make the game possible. The motley crew of loopers who inhabit the caddy hole introduce him to the other side of the game he loves. There is the braggart lothario Position A, who boasts of his sexual conquests of the member's wives; Jeffrey, the heroin-addicted misfit from West Philly; and above all there is Jamie Byrne, the secretive teenager from the wrong side of town who has lost his thumbs in a mysterious accident and quickly becomes Timmy's closest confidant. And when Jamie abruptly stops showing up at the caddy hole, it begins a series of events that will force Timmy to confront the dark secret that hides behind the community of Fox Chase. Lush with beautifully rendered scenes and unforgettable characters, A Gentleman's Game is more than a coming-of-age story. It is a story of fathers and sons, of class and the pressure to succeed in an era of envy, and of the timeless passion for a beguiling and bedeviling game.
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"A wise and wonderful debut, one that makes you think about the choices you make in life. Tom Coyne is a writer to watch."-Nicholas Sparks, author of The Notebook and Message in a Bottle
"A Gentleman’s Game is an absolutely pure first novel. With dead solid perfect prose, Tom Coyne captures the magic and tension between fathers and sons. A stunning debut."-Elwood Reid, author of If I Don’t Six and What Salmon Know
“Tom Coyne’s prose is sure and precise and elegant and true. A Gentleman’s Game is a fine coming-into-manhood story and a damn good golf novel. It’s also a long clean swing at the old myths about family and class and making it, and I’m certain it’s the start of a brilliant career.”-Valerie Sayers, author of Due East and Brain Fever
“Stop working on your short game and read this terrific book!”-David Owen, author of My Usual Game and The Making of the MastersAbout the Author:
Tom Coyne, aged twenty-six, has been a caddy for the last twelve years. He holds a bachelor's degree in creative writing and an MFA from Notre Dame.
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Descrizione libro ASHLEY, 1996. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110825652456