A Natural: A Novel by Ross Raisin PDF

By Ross Raisin

ISBN-10: 0525508775

ISBN-13: 9780525508779

ISBN-10: 1681688298

ISBN-13: 9781681688299

ISBN-10: 1784702781

ISBN-13: 9781784702786

From desires of football glory to the realities of the minor leagues, the high-stakes international of English soccer involves lifestyles during this bright coming-of-age novel for fanatics of Nick Hornby and The paintings of Fielding.

After his unceremonious unlock from a most desirable League academy at nineteen, Tom feels his brilliant destiny slipping away. the one agreement supply he gets is from a lower-level membership. clear of domestic for the 1st time, Tom struggles off and on the sector, nervous to prevent the harsh pranks and hazing rituals of his teammates. Then a taboo come across upends what little balance he has, forcing Tom to reconcile his suppressed wants together with his force to succeed.

in the meantime, the team’s renowned captain, Chris, is in denial concerning the nation of his marriage. His spouse, Leah, has virtually forgotten the goals she as soon as held for her profession. As her husband is transferred from membership to membership, and elevating their first baby essentially on her personal, she is misplaced, dissatisfied with the place lifestyles has taken her.

A Natural delves into the center of a pro football membership: the strain, the loneliness, the specter of scandal, the fragility of the physique, and the fight of conforming to the individual everyone else expects you to be.

Praise for A Natural

“This is a daring novel. [Raisin has a] deep and unwavering empathy for others, and a capability to discover flashes of attractiveness in life’s unforgiving ugliness. His language could be spare, yet his flip of word is strikingly based. . . .  The approach is lit via his prepared perceptions; the radical indicates the frustrations that come up whilst lived adventure fails to align with what was once imagined, and analyzes the space among spectatorship and participation. . . . If Raisin has selected to target that which stifles instead of frees us, he has performed with the intention to reveal accurately why we want the whole lot that society and condition suppress. . . . the arrogance and ability with which he pursues his imaginative and prescient is not only persuasive, it’s powerful.”The big apple occasions booklet Review
“Raisin’s transporting and acutely saw novel speaks to us all. First-rate.”Booklist (starred review)
“An intimate photo of lifestyles within the reduce reaches British soccer . . . a daring topic . . . is rendered with restraint and sympathy. . . . [A Natural] is a delicate therapy of very other forms of solitude and pain.”Kirkus Reviews

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