The Throwback Special

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$19.95  $18.55
W. W. Norton & Company
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5.5 X 8.2 X 0.6 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author
Chris Bachelder is the author of four novels, including National Book Award finalist The Throwback Special. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
A hilarious literary novel about our least hilarious--and least literary--national pastime. No one who reads it will ever be able to think about football, Joe Theismann, Lawrence Taylor, or indeed the male psyche in quite the same way again.--Tom Bissell, author of Apostle
What a brilliant book!--Kevin Wilson, author of The Family Fang
Wistful and elegantly written...The Throwback Special conjures the rewarding melancholy of Richard Ford's Frank Bascombe novels.--John Williams "New York Times Book Review"
Powerful, intelligent, and entertaining...Bachelder works a kind of poignant comedic magic, expertly locating and drawing out central truths about life.--Drew Nellins Smith "Los Angeles Times Book Review"
A hilariously sorrowful rendering of American masculinity.--Weston Cutter "Minneapolis Star Tribune"
A gem...Bachelder's 'football' novel is an eerie, witty work dissecting a modern-day sacrificial ritual.--Matt Seidel "The Millions"
[Bachelder] excels as an analyst of the anxieties that undergird social mores.--Miranda Popkey "The New Yorker"
Bachelder's quirky, defiant style...achieves something fresh and surprising.--Chris Tucker "Dallas Morning News"
[The Throwback Special] is not about football. But about relationships and all that go with them: trust, mistrust, joy, sadness, elation, heartbreak and more.--Vic Fleming "Memphis Daily News"
A comic meditation about marriage, ritual, friendship, parenthood, aging, and unlikely obsessions, The Throwback Special is a funny, insightful, and surprisingly poignant book.--Julie Schumacher, author of Dear Committee Members