MVP (Paperback)

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A "McSweeney's" RNew WriterS with a hard edge, a sharp ear, and a propulsive style takes on sports, violence, and celebrity in this unblinking fiction.


Publisher Simon & Schuster
Mfg Part# 9780743292993
SKU 202909156
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0743292995
Release Date 5/1/2007
Dimensions (in Inches) 9H x 5.75L x 1T
"With its bristling intelligence and crystalline prose, this provocative novel secures [James] Boice's status as a player to watch....[A] stunning debut." (starred review)
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Annotation James Boice's disturbing and intelligent debut novel opens with Gilbert, a professional basketball star, raping and murdering a woman in a Las Vegas resort. The novel then moves back in time to show the man's physical and mental development under the tyrannical rule of a father seeking to live his dreams though his son. Gilbert's damaged, childish self is further corrupted by his success in the NBA, where fame, sex, and celebrity undermine his already fragile sense of self. Timely, vivid, and utterly compelling, MVP is a highly contemporary tale of hubris and woe, a modern Macbeth in a sports-mad culture.
Editors Note A tale inspired by mainstream headlines finds a young athlete achieving basketball stardom after a high-pressure childhood spent under the thumb of his demanding father, a career that is abruptly halted when he brutally rapes and murders a young woman who was hired to be his companion at a casino hotel. Original. A first novel. 25,000 first printing.
Editors Note 2 Superstar Gilbert Marcus rapes and kills a young woman in a hotel room during the off-season. That's the prologue. MVP is Marcus's life story from conception to his act of incredible violence. Raised an only child -- the son of a difficult and demanding father -- Gilbert Marcus, a basketball player with extraordinary skill, is expected to be the greatest. His life is one of both excessive privilege and immutable obligation. He becomes a monster. James Boice is a startling and exciting new voice in fiction, and MVP is his ambitious and fascinating debut.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0346
Publisher Scribner Book Company

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