Fading Hearts on the River: A Life in High-Stakes Poker


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Counterpoint LLC
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5.7 X 8.7 X 0.7 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Brooks Haxton has published six collections of poems from Knopf. His poems and prose have appeared in Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Book Review, the New Yorker, and the Paris Review. He is the 2013 recipient of the Fellowship of Southern Writers Hanes Award, recognizing a distinguished body of work by a poet in mid-career. He lives with his wife and children in Syracuse and teaches at Syracuse University.


Another ambitious work of nonfiction that seeks to use poker as a window into matters of history and philosophy --The Rumpus

He puts his poetry skills to excellent use, spinning out language that is often beautiful and evocative. The book is not just about his son's competitive gambling career; it's also a poetic memorial to the poignant moments in his life, his son's life and their shared life. --Kirkus

Haxton delivers a thoughtful and gripping memoir... Haxton weaves the events leading to his son's poker winnings with heartfelt accounts of various earlier times... Haxton nicely touches on the mathematics and psychology of poker playing.... [H}is gift for the poetic and lyrical shines, as he presents highly sympathetic descriptions of the denizens of casinos around the world where the various tournaments he describes are located. --Publishers Weekly

... this tale is not just for gamblers. It is for anyone who likes to think about 'how to make luck happen'. --Booklist

Loved the book--gave a sad groan when I saw I was out of pages--hugely compelling, kind, witty--an utterly charming & frank voice. --George Saunders

I was knocked out by the narrative power and polymath brilliance, the elliptical beauty and elegance of thought inside a story with great momentum. It's a book about child rearing, money in absentia and in abundance, poker, the nature of chance, the psychology of deception ... I can see this being a cult hit. --Mary Karr

Praise for Brooks Haxton's work:

A poetic voice very much his own: laconic yet intense, sceptical yet devout, rich in plangency and in praise. --Harold Bloom

Extraordinary ... strikingly original, rich, comic, and beautiful in the use of language. --Walker Percy

The best translations from Greek poetry we have seen yet. Such juice, splendor, gall and melancholy, sweeping over the centuries to, simply enough, engulf and drown us in beauty. --Jim Harrison