A Gentleman's Gameby Tom Coyne
A Gentleman's Game is the story of young Timmy Price, whose mastery of the game of golf inspires awe among the adult membership and envy among his peers on the shaded fairways and immaculate greens of exclusive Fox Chase Country Club. But when his self-made father forces Timmy to become a caddy at the club to teach him a lesson in humility, he is thrown into the
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Let me go on record by saying, ¿I like novels. And, if they¿re golf novels that is icing on the cake.¿ A Gentleman¿s Game is the debut novel for author Tom Coyne. It is the summer of 1985 and young Timmy Price is pure. Young Price is a golfing phenom - the envy of his peers and adult members of Fox Chase Country Club, and the youngest Junior State Golf Champion in history. He spends his summer learning the lessons of life and the politics of the country club. Timmy rubs shoulders with the rich and famous members of the country club his father can barely afford to be a member of. Timmy isn¿t just the son of a member of Fox Chase, he is also a caddy. Although he is only thirteen, he learns quickly that the more seedy elements of society don¿t necessarily share the caddy hole with him. When the reader is introduced to Timmy¿s fellow caddy, and friend, Jamie Byrne, the book takes a turn. We learn that Byrne comes from the ¿other¿ side of town, an abusive home, and has suffered an unexplained accident that has left him without thumbs. Jamie¿s extended absence from his caddy duties take the book to the next level as club secrets, and those of one of it¿s rich and powerful members, come to the forefront. Fox Chase and the community are rocked to their foundations. This novel is one of those coming of age types, much like Catcher in the Rye or Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. It met my expectations and I look forward to Coyne¿s next work. Hopefully, it too will be a golf novel. A film version of the book, starring Mason Gamble and Gary Sinise, and shot at Rolling Green Country Club (where I played my golf as a young boy), in suburban Philadelphia, is scheduled for release later this year.
an eyeopening journey into the world of private club life