Sunday, November 11, 2012

Book Excerpt: Winning the City by Theodore Weesner

Theodore Weesner, author of the book Winning the City, stopped by to share with us an excerpt from his book.

About the book:

It’s Detroit, 1961. Fifteen-year-old Dale Wheeler, the son of an unemployed, alcoholic autoworker, has big dreams of leading his team to the City Basketball Championship. But his dream is shattered when Dale, the co-captain and top point guard, is cut from the team to make way for the son of a big-money team sponsor. His life in a tailspin, Dale finds a helping hand in Miss Furbish, the beautiful homeroom teacher whose well-meaning kindness gradually builds into a potentially dangerous passion. And in his lowest times, Dale gets a final shot at his dream with a hardscrabble team of street-ballers that may have what it takes to win the City Championship. Winning the City Redux is now reimagined for a new generation of readers to discover. A perfect follow-on to Weesner’s classic hit The Car Thief, Redux entertains as it examines new dimensions of classism, corruption, youth angst, and dangerous passion.

About the author:

Theodore Weesner, born in Flint, Michigan, is aptly described as “Writers’ Writer” by the larger literary community. His short works have been published in the New Yorker, Esquire, Saturday Evening Post, Atlantic Monthly, and Best American Short Stories. His novels, including The True Detective, Winning the City, and Harbor Light, have been published to great critical acclaim in the New York Times, Washington Post, Harper’s, Boston Globe, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Boston Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times to name a few

He is currently writing his memoir, two new novels, and an adaptation of his widely praised novel—retitled Winning the City Redux—also to be published by Astor + Blue Editions. He lives and works in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.


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