Retail pak Random House Audio 2002
CS ISBN 0553714090 $39.95 Nine cassettes
Anyone who has ever sat in the bleachers and rooted for the home team will connect with this powerful sports memoir written by one of America's finest storytellers. From the first time Pat Conroy shoots a basket at 10 years old, he knows he's found his most important outlet. The feel of the basketball, the swoosh as it passes through the net, offer solace to the tormented son of a brutal father. Chuck Montgomery's performance is a winner. At home with the sports jargon used in the many on-court action sequences, Montgomery infuses energy into what could be a tedious recounting of statistics. Conroy uses basketball as the metaphor for his growth, personal awareness, and eventual acceptance of loss "as part of natural law." Montgomery makes us believers. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine [Published: FEB / MAR 03]
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