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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 to be.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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…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.”


  • “A superb accomplishment, maybe the finest book Pat Conroy has written.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “A wonderfully rich memoir that you don’t have to be a sports fan to love.”

    Houston Chronicle

  • “A memoir with all the Conroy trademarks…Here’s ample proof that losers always tell the best stories.”


  • “Haunting, bittersweet, and as compelling as his bestselling fiction.”

    Boston Herald

  • “As heartfelt and poignant a memoir as they come and a splendid contribution to the literature of sport.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “In My Losing Season, Conroy opens his arms wide to embrace his difficult past and almost everyone in it.”

    New York Daily News

  • Winner of a 2003 YALSA Alex Award
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
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