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Sterling Watson Fighting in the Shade

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In 1964, 17-year-old Billy Byer is a newcomer to Oleander, a Gulf Coast Florida town whose old guard define American football as the ancient Spartans did their Agoge. It is a mode of brutal tutelage that forges the hearts and minds of the town's elite youth for a future of power. Through the brutal and fiery days of summer practice, Billy fights for a place on the team, the Spartans. He makes the team but rebels in a horrific hazing scene. When powerful men realise they cannot win without him, one of them offers him a Faustian bargain.

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"The story of what it means to be a man in our culture is an important, vital narrative and it has found one of its best chroniclers in Sterling Watson. This is a powerful, beautifully written book about attitudes and practices that we want to believe are safely in the past. Instead, as Watson reminds us, corruption and cruelty survive through their uncanny ability to take on new shapes."
--Laura Lippman, author of I'd Know You Anywhere

"Sterling Watson's Fighting in the Shade is an unflinching novel about loyalty and manhood. Like Pat Conroy's The Lords of Discipline, it is simply unforgettable."
--Ann Hood, author of The Red Thread

"Sterling Watson's polished prose carries this coming-of-age story smoothly from the enthralling to the unsettling, from the poignant to the disturbing, leaving the reader in emotional knots. An uncompromising look at sports, secrets, sexuality, and the South that makes a commentary on relationships ranging from personal to universal."
--Michael Koryta, author of The Cypress House

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