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Fiction. "If you think we don't need another heavily footnoted Mormon road trip basketball novel, think again. With this unorthodox gem, Darren DeFrain creates a genre of his own, with the athletic ease of the Angel Moroni going in for a lay-up. Thoughtful, deadpan, shot through with comic inspiration, it's a debut worth doing the wave for"--J. Robert Lennon.
Paperback, 348 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by New Issues Press
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A strong showing from a good guy I went to grad school with. Uses footnotes in an interesting way -- deepens and complicates how the reader views the protagonist, but at the same time, they aren't essential to our understanding of the story. Good Kalamazoo perspectives.
a novel unlike any other...in Defrain's capable hands the by-now-stale DFW trope of fiction-with-footnotes takes on a whole new dimension, melding LDS-for-beginners and Jazz basketball with a dark, dark road trip with a psycho one-armed ex-missionary jack Mormon.