When the Men Were Gone


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HarperCollins Publishers
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5.3 X 7.9 X 0.6 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author

Marjorie Herrera Lewis knew early on she wanted a career related to sports. After several years at small newspapers, at age twenty-seven she began working at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Soon after, she was named a beat writer for the Dallas Cowboys and eventually joined the Dallas Morning News sportswriting staff. While writing When the Men Were Gone, she became inspired to try her hand at coaching football and was added to the Texas Wesleyan University football coaching staff. She presently teaches media ethics at the University of North Texas. When the Men Were Gone was the winner of the Best Book - New Fiction and Best Book - Historical Fiction Awards from the American Book Fest and was a finalist for the New Mexico-Arizona Best Book Awards.


"A beautiful story that stays in your heart long after you finish reading When the Men Were Gone. A delightful true story, well written and touching. Looking forward to reading many more books by Lewis." -- Jodi Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of Mornings on Main.

"...WHEN THE MEN WERE GONE sublimely ties together the drama of high school football, gender politics and the impact of war on a small town in Texas." -- Sports Illustrated

"Marjorie has written a wonderfully touching and beautiful story [...] Tylene makes me laugh, cry, and cheer for her in ways I have not done in a long time. I only wish the real Tylene were here to see what Marjorie has accomplished. I was literally having chills. I look forward to the day her book launches into the world!" -- Diane Les Becquets, bestselling author of Breaking Wild

"A big, radical, heartbreaking story. Throw in mid-century gender politics and Tylene's barrier breaking--her gendered domestic life--and what you've got here is an embarrassment of riches." -- Robin Wasserman, bestselling author of Girls on Fire

"Marjorie Herrera Lewis has a great knack for storytelling. Clear cinematic scenes with dialogue and clear motivation and suspense." -- Mark Sundeen, author of The Man Who Quit Money

"A feel-good story about one woman's persistence, strength, and love of the game." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Tylene's struggles, on and off the field, form the core of this satisfying historical novel based on a true story." -- Booklist