spirited debut of a rising basketball star wrestling with his town’s outsized
expectations and his family’s complicated legacy …
Everyone seems to know Jimmy “Kamikaze”
Kirkus, the half-white, half-Asian basketball sensation from small-town Oregon.
College coaches flood his mailbox with recruiting letters, Sports Illustrated has
already profiled him, and everyone in town hangs on his every shot. But nobody
can possibly fathom the weight of all this upon Jimmy’s shoulders, or the
looming legacy that casts a wide shadow.
Todd “Freight Train” Kirkus seemed
destined for the NBA until he impregnated Genny Mori, the tough yet fragile
daughter of the only Japanese family in town. Dreams of stardom and riches are
traded in for a hasty marriage and parenthood. Then tragedy strikes, and Jimmy
and his wisecracking little brother Dex are born into a broken family, one
haunted by wasted talent, alcoholism, and death.
Like Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding and Friday Night Lights, Timothy Lane’s debut novel uses
sports as a lens to understand family, community, catastrophe, passion, and
hope. Populated with complex characters, Rules for Becoming a Legend is
deftly written by an author who understands basketball as well as he
understands the human condition. Download and start listening now!