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Love's Winning Plays: A Novel

By Inman Majors

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Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Published In: United States, 01 July 2013
Though the Southeastern Conference football season is still months away, the fans' obsession is year-round. So head coach Von Driver will take his motivational magic and his Isosceles Triangle of Success on a Pigskin Cavalcade to the small towns in the state. Raymond Love, a young coach unfamiliar with the banquet circuit of big-shot boosters and chat-room gurus, will go along as his wide-eyed errand boy. Also on the trip is the athletic director's daughter, whom Love has tried to win by joining her book club-a dubious strategy at best. The football aspects of the Cavalcade will prove child's play compared to the literary hazards he faces. Will Love master the art of coach-speak? Will he win the affection of the girl? Find out in this fist-bumping, high-fiving, all-out comedic blitz about the sublimely ridiculous world of college football.

About the Author

Inman Majors teaches fiction writing at James Madison University. He is the author of Wonderdog, Swimming in Sky, and The Millionaires. He lives in Waynesboro, Virginia.

Reviews

"A sardonic, fun take on big-time college football, where booster money plays first-team offense." -- Kirkus Reviews "This rollicking, tongue-in-cheek sports novel from Majors makes for a breezy read worth a few chuckles while it gives a behind-the-scenes peek at the often greedy, arrogant titans who run college football. ...[A] funny, irreverent, and savvy sports novel." -- Publishers Weekly "A fast, fun book. Reads like a mixture of Dan Jenkins and Larry McMurtry." -- Barry Switzer, former coach of the University of O "A book that explores the gamut of experiences behind the scenes of collegiate football. Best of all, it's a great read where loyalty still means something in our 'money talks' world." -- Jon Gruden, ESPN Monday Night Football Analyst "This rollicking, tongue-in-cheek sports novel from Majors makes for a breezy read worth a few chuckles while it gives a behind-the-scenes peek at the often greedy, arrogant titans who run college football. ...[A] funny, irreverent, and savvy sports novel." -- Publishers Weekly "I can't remember the last time I laughed out loud this much reading a book." -- Metropulse "It is a gem of a comedic novel, so laugh-out loud funny that readers might not even notice that if also captures the essence of the sport with humanity and grace." -- Chapter 16 "Majors's wry and intelligent writing style pulls readers through the bizarre situations surrounding a major college football program... Strap yourself in-it's a wild ride." -- Library Journal "(A)cidly hilarious... with both barrels, (Majors) lets loose on the venerable, holy SEC." -- Bookpage "The comedy, which ranges smoothly from broad to subtle, is nonstop... witty and razor-sharp throughout." -- Booklist "With a writer like Inman Majors, you're in good hands, and you're assured of an entertaining and thoughtful read. This book is the perfect way to prepare yourself for the new football season." -- Flagpole "Majors targets the ridiculousness of hype and hysteria over college football teams and is very funny doing it." -- Baton Rouge Advocate "(M)ajors zingers, like a ninja's throwing star, are quiet and deadly... When it comes to sports humor (Majors) is definitely Division I." -- Star News Online

EAN: 9780393345889
ISBN: 0393345882
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Dimensions: 20.57 x 13.72 x 2.03 centimetres (0.20 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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