By Pat Conroy
NEW YORK occasions BESTSELLER • A deeply affecting coming-of-age memoir approximately family members, love, loss, basketball—and lifestyles itself—by the cherished writer of The Prince of Tides and The nice Santini
in the course of one unforgettable season as a castle cadet, Pat Conroy turns into a part of a basketball crew that's eventually destined to fail. And but for an army child who grew up at the circulate, the Bulldogs supply a sanctuary from the chilly, abrasive father who dominates his life—and a crucible for changing into his personal man.
With the entire drama and incandescence of his bestselling fiction, Conroy re-creates his pivotal senior 12 months as captain of the castle Bulldogs. He chronicles the highs and lows of that fateful 1966–67 season, his tricky disciplinarian trainer, the thrill of profitable, and the hard-won classes of wasting. such a lot of all, he recounts how a bunch of boys got here jointly as a workforce, taking part in a game that might develop into a metaphor for a guy whose spirit might by no means be defeated.
Praise for My wasting Season
“A wonderful accomplishment, possibly the best publication Pat Conroy has written.”—The Washington put up publication World
“A splendidly wealthy memoir that you just don’t must be a activities fan to love.”—Houston Chronicle
“A memoir with all of the Conroy emblems . . . Here’s plentiful evidence that losers continually inform the simplest stories.”—Newsweek
“In My wasting Season, Conroy opens his fingers large to embody his tough previous and nearly everybody in it.”—New York day-by-day News
“Haunting, bittersweet and as compelling as his bestselling fiction.”—Boston Herald
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Extra info for My Losing Season: A Memoir
I was never a very good player, but the sport allowed me glimpses into the kind of man I was capable of becoming. I exulted in the pure physicality of that ceaseless, ever-moving sport, and when I found myself driving the lane beneath the hot lights amid the pure electric boisterousness of crowds humming and screaming as a backdrop to my passion, my chosen game, this love of my life, I was the happiest boy who ever lived. Where did all those games go, the ones I threw myself headlong into as a boy, a rawboned kid who fell in love with the smell and shape of a basketball, who longed for its smooth skin on the nerve endings of my fingers and hands, who lived for the sound of its unmistakable heartbeat, its staccato rhythms, as I bounced it along the pavement throughout the ten thousand days of my boyhood?
He is an excellent offensive pivot man and is rated as one of the best pivot men in the Southern Conference. Second in scoring last year with 314 points for an average of just over 15 points per game, Mohr was our top rebounder with 156 points in 20 games. 6 points. The year's experience should make Doug one of our most consistent players. Bob Cauthen saw considerable action as a sophomore. He has displayed hustle and heart. The year's experience should improve Bob's overall performance and we expect him to have a good year.
The ability of these boys to adjust to Varsity competition will be a key factor in our success this season. We veterans knew something the sophomores would learn quickly. Each player would have to submit himself to trial by Mel Thompson, a season-long initiation in which our coach would search for the soft spots and breaking points of his newest players, then would go to work on them with a cruel finesse. By doing this, Mel thought he was making his players tougher and more resilient when the games came down to the wire.