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The Throwback Special by Chris Bachelder

The Throwback Special by Chris Bachelder

Every year a group of men convene in a middle tier hotel in an unnamed town to recreate the famous football play that resulted in Giants player Joe Theismann breaking his leg in two places on Monday Night Football in 1985. I would never have picked this book up if it weren't for the Morning News Tournament of Books. Football? Not in my interest sphere. I am so glad that I read this book. Bachelder is witty and funny and delves right into the psyche of all of these dudes in a way that is hilarious without mockery. Two nights unfold in the book. We start to learn their stories as they arrive at the hotel. The lottery system for choosing who plays which player on the field creates space for Bachelder to play with the reason behind who wants to play the lead actor or the extras. The weekend ends as quickly as it begins and it's not a book you would read for any startling plot twists. But I definitely have Bachelder on my radar now. He is a clever writer and I look forward to reading more by him.

Number of Pages: 
213