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The Resource Playing days : a novel, Benjamin Markovits

Playing days : a novel, Benjamin Markovits

Label
Playing days : a novel
Title
Playing days
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Benjamin Markovits
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "In print for the first time in the United States, acclaimed novelist Benjamin Markovits's Playing Days is a mostly autobiographical narrative concerning the author's season playing minor league professional basketball in Germany and the love affair with another player's estranged wife that ushers him into adulthood. Growing up in Texas, Ben experienced basketball as a mostly solitary pursuit, one he gave up after riding the bench in high school. But as his college classmates prepare for the real world, Ben is seized by an idea. All he needs is a video camera, an empty court, and his mother's German citizenship. Improbably, he lands a roster spot on a lower division pro team in Landshut, forty-five minutes outside of Munich. It's Ben's first taste of competition in years, not to mention his first job. And like most jobs, it's defined by repetition, boredom, and gossip. There's Charlie, the trash-talking mercenary from Chicago; the coach, Herr Henkel, a recently retired player anxious to justify his paycheck; and Karl (based on the author's real life relationship with Dirk Nowitski), a gangly teenage prodigy flashing the raw talent that will make him an NBA star. As a group of men learn how to navigate one another, Ben falls in love with the young mother of a teammate's child, and begins an affair that will change his life. Wry, poignant, and tenderly observed, Playing Days is an evocative meditation on the joys of youth, the triumphs and terrors of post-college life, and one of the best books ever written about what basketball can mean to an American man"--
  • "A genre defying sports book: a poignant "fictional memoir" of the author's post-college drift as he looks for love and purpose while playing minor league professional basketball in Germany"--
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Writing style
Assigning source
  • Provided by publisher
  • Provided by publisher
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10460605
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Markovits, Benjamin
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3613.A7543
LC item number
P58 2015
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Basketball players
  • Americans
  • FICTION
  • FICTION
  • FICTION
  • Americans
  • Basketball players
  • Germany
Label
Playing days : a novel, Benjamin Markovits
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"Originally published in Great Britain in 2011 by Faber and Faber"--Title page verso
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1816379
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
323 pages, 15 pages
Isbn
9780062376633
Lccn
2015010954
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780062376633
  • (OCoLC)905600423
Label
Playing days : a novel, Benjamin Markovits
Publication
Note
"Originally published in Great Britain in 2011 by Faber and Faber"--Title page verso
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1816379
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
323 pages, 15 pages
Isbn
9780062376633
Lccn
2015010954
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780062376633
  • (OCoLC)905600423

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