PAT CONROY—AMERICA’S MOST BELOVED STORYTELLER—IS BACK!
“I was born to be a
point guard, but not a very good one…There was a time in my life when I walked
through the world known to myself and others as an athlete. It was part of my
own definition of who I was and certainly the part I most respected. When I was
a young man, I was well-built and agile and ready for the rough and tumble of
games, and athletics provided the single outlet for a repressed and
preternaturally shy boy to express himself in public…I lost myself in the
beauty of sport and made my family proud while passing through the silent eye
of the storm that was my childhood.”
So begins Pat Conroy’s journey back to 1967 and his
startling realization “that this season had been seminal and easily the most
consequential of my life.” The place is the Citadel in Charleston, South
Carolina, that now famous military college, and in memory Conroy gathers around
him his team to relive their few triumphs and humiliating defeats. In a
narrative that moves seamlessly between the action of the season and flashbacks
into his childhood, we see the author’s love of basketball and how crucial the
role of athlete is to all these young men who are struggling to find their own
identity and their place in the world.
In fast-paced exhilarating games, readers will laugh in
delight and cry in disappointment. But as the story continues, we gradually see
the self-professed “mediocre” athlete merge into the point guard whose spirit
drives the team. He rallies them to play their best while closing off the
shouts of “Don’t shoot, Conroy” that come from the coach on the sidelines. For
Coach Mel Thompson is to Conroy the undermining presence that his father had
been throughout his childhood. And in these pages finally, heartbreakingly, we
learn the truth about the Great Santini.
In My Losing Season
Pat Conroy has written an American classic about young men and the bonds they
form, about losing and the lessons it imparts, about finding one’s voice and
one’s self in the midst of defeat. And in his trademark language, we see the
young Conroy walk from his life as an athlete to the writer the world knows him
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