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really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  15 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
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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Darrin Doyle
Jan 22, 2008 Darrin Doyle rated it really liked it
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.
Scott
Apr 10, 2009 Scott rated it it was amazing
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.
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Sep 06, 2008 Lindsey rated it really liked it
Very good book, though I can't say I'm impartial in this review. :-) It's hard to keep the narrator of the book and the flesh and blood person I know separate, though I know he wishes it. Good story nonetheless; use of footnotes is intriguing to me.
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