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  • ISBN: 9780525508779
  • ISBN: 0525508775
  • Physical Description: 386 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First U.S. edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Random House, [2017]

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"Give it Tom. Every lunchtime, every P.E. game, bouncing off the walls for years. Give it Tom. Give it Tom. Tom Pearman has been tipped for football stardom all his young life. But after spending his teenage years training with a Premier League team, the bright future he imagined for himself disappears from one day to the next when he finds out his club has decided to let him go. Now he's nineteen, away from home, playing for a tiny club in a town he doesn't know. Shy and introverted - but desperate for recognition - Tom finds himself forced to navigate the dominant personalities and shifting relationships that rule the team. Along the way, he will also be forced to question whether he can reconcile his own desires with professional success." -- (Source of summary not specified).

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2017 September #2
    *Starred Review* Serious novels about gay athletes could be more rare than professionals who have come out at the peak of their careers. Here, Raisin (Waterline, 2012) introduces Tom Pearman, a talented 19-year-old English soccer player who's recently signed with a lower-division team and is grappling with his attraction to the groundskeeper, Liam Davey. Liam is friends with Leah, an unhappy young mother and wife to veteran player Chris Easter, soon injured and wrestling with demons of his own. As Tom tries to prove himself professionally, and the team rebounds from a terrible season to a strong one, Raisin depicts their world with astonishing clarity, from callow Tom's inexperience at life, to boardinghouse and team dynamics, to the agonizing slowness with which Tom and Liam recognize and own their attraction to each other—or not. Leah's and Chris' roles in the story unfold in a surprising way. The book is utterly contemporary—players scan online forums for gossip and cocoon themselves with electronics during long bus rides—yet the stifling pressure of the men to hide their relationship, and the locker-room and fan hazing, suggest the mid-twentieth century. (Leave it to sports to turn back the clock on social issues.) While many references and assumptions will be more familiar to British than American readers and soccer fans, Raisin's transporting and acutely observed novel speaks to us all. First-rate. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Ross Raisin was born in West Yorkshire. His first novel, God’s Own Country, published in 2008, was shortlisted for nine literary awards, including the Guardian First Book Award. In 2009, Raisin was named the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year. In 2013, he was selected as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists. Ross Raisin lives in London.

Subject: Soccer players > England > Fiction.
Soccer stories, English.
FICTION / Family Life.
FICTION / Sports.

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