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Sport: A Novel
A nostalgic story about a Minnesota boy's search for belonging in a complex world. "In this wise, witty story set in West St. Paul in the '60s, a kid named Harlan navigates life by focusing on the Twins baseball team, a comic metaphor for hope. Sport is fat with small pleasures. It is a homer and a gift to all of us grownup knothole-game kids. There's a lot to love in this ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 27th 2003 by Univ Of Minnesota Press
(first published 2001)
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An honest and thoughtful novel, Sport is set in the 1960s and follows the life of Harlan Hawkins, a young boy struggling to understand the suburban mess his family has become. His mother has been diagnosed with MS, and his father, an ill-tempered man, seemingly hasn't a steadfast bone in his body. A sad story, but Mick Cochrane skillfully layers in plenty of his trademark humour and wit. The attention to detail and three dimensional characters (like George Walker) and other community members tha ...more
Sport is a good coming of age novel, heart-warming without being sappy. Baseball playing young boy in Minnesota in the late 1960's, mom is suffering from MS, drunken lawyer father walks out, fat teenage brother more interested in his friends than his family. It makes a nice parallel to Paddy Clarke, Ha, Ha, Ha.