The Best There Ever Was (Contemporary American Fiction)

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The story is set in a Southern city where football is the only game and Harold Gravely, the football coach, is dying but refuses to leave his job. This is the second novel by the author of "Tupelo Nights".

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Thirty years ago football coach Harold Gravely won the national collegiate championship, but his recent teams have been losing ones, and now fans and alumni want him to resign or else be fired. When he is diagnosed as having lung cancer, Gravely opts to forego treatment. His impending death can then be used to shame his disgruntled fans, former players, university trustees, and even his wife into allowing him one final season. He may even be able to convince them he deserves a memorial statue. Such is the background of this mordant black comedy of deluded hopes and tenacious illusions, of misplaced values and misspent lives, of youthful follies and aged regrets. This is as funny as Peter Gent's football novels, but its humor is far more caustic.
- Charles Michaud, Turner Free Lib., Randolph, Mass.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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A losing college football coach turns his lung cancer to his advantage.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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