|Backspin by Charles Crosby (2008, Paperback) : Charles Crosby (Paperback, 2008)|
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|Fiction. Olie Wood was once the toast of the tennis world. But now he is nearing the end of what little remains of his tragic career. A dabbler in drugs, he is at times disheveled and delirious, playing the lowly Futures tennis circuit in small, no-name towns. When he eventually hits rock bottom, he is forced to face a life of responsibility and maybe even a real job. But Olie has one remaining goal: to qualify for the US Open for one last big payday and one final grasp at fame. "Fast-paced, completely unapologetic, and brash as hell....I loved it"--Patrick Blennerhassett. Charles Crosby is a Halifax-based playwright and novelist.|
Tennis prodigy Olie Wood was once the toast of Canadian sports. He was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. He gave the prime minister tennis lessons, dated movie stars, and was rumoured to have been intimate with Madonna. (He'll neither confirm nor deny.) But a bizarre incident during the Australian Open involving a tragically murdered kookaburra, and a run of bad luck that continues to this day, have reduced him to a broken man desperately clinging to memories of greatness.Now in his thirties, Olie is nearing the end of what little remains of his tragic career. A dabbler in drugs, he is at times dishevelled and delirious, playing the Futures tennis circuit against young men half his age in small, no-name towns. When he discovers his girlfriend is pregnant, he has to face a life of responsible behaviour and maybe even a real job. But Olie has one final goal: to qualify for the US Open for one last big payday and one last desperate grasp at fame.With a protagonist who may be hard to like on the outside but deep down you can't help but root for, Backspin follows Olie, his cat and his defrocked-priest pal Gary across Canada, the United States and Europe on a road trip quite unlike any other.
|Number Of Pages||262 pages|
|Publisher||Now Or Never Publishing|
|LC Classification Number||PR9199.4.C|