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At the 1936 Berlin Olympics the beautiful Sydney Stringfellow begins an intense love affair with a German but the affair abruptly ends when political forces tear them apart.

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Overview

At the 1936 Berlin Olympics the beautiful Sydney Stringfellow begins an intense love affair with a German but the affair abruptly ends when political forces tear them apart.

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Associated Press
Plenty of people know Frank Deford as an award-winning sportswriter or the guy with the loud outfits on HBO's "Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel," but who knew he had a soft spot for Nicholas Sparks' novels?... Deford never lets readers forget he's writing a love story. All the Nazis, FBI agents and 100-meter backstrokes are just grace notes as the old woman sings the song of how she met, lost and again found her soul mate.
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I was shocked. I was shocked that I was so drawn into this tale about a swimmer, the Olympics, Germany, a summer romance, a love gone bad, the early days of World War 2...was shocked by ending too. At that point, it's all secrets, intrigue, the war, and one very big surprise...5/5 stars.
Kirkus Reviews
Sportswriter and novelist Deford (The Entitled: A Tale of Modern Baseball, 2008, etc.) returns to fiction with a love story set at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin and stateside during World War II. The author scored his greatest success with the 1981 football-themed novel Everybody's All American, which was made into a movie starring Dennis Quaid and Jessica Lange. In this, his first novel since The Other Adonis (2001), he combines sports and fiction once again-this time focusing on the world of Olympic swimming. Sydney Stringfellow is an 18-year-old American swimmer who falls into an affair with German Horst Gerhardt while at the 1936 Games. Sydney returns to the States and later receives a breakup letter from Horst; heartbroken, she moves on with her life and gets married to an American-only to later learn a secret about Horst, eventually leading Sydney to commit a terrible act. The story is told by a cancer-stricken 86-year-old Sydney to her daughter Teddy in 2004. Teddy narrates the novel in the present day, remembering her mother's tale and interjecting her own reactions to her mother's shocking secrets. Sydney's recollections, though at times melodramatic, are engaging, particularly when Deford portrays real-life historical figures-such as Eleanor Holm, the talented and confident American swimmer who was suspended from the 1936 competition, and Leni Riefenstahl, the brilliant and chilly German filmmaker. He also effectively invokes the atmosphere of 1936 Nazi Germany as World War II loomed. But the framing device of the novel can be distracting, and some may find the modern-day scenes less interesting than the glamorous flashback material. An uneven but entertaining historical love story.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590203590
  • Publisher: Overlook Press, The
  • Publication date: 7/8/2010
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2011

    A great read...highly recommended

    This book was read for an upcoming book club meeting. The book continued to have surprises all the way through. Any mother could identify with the mother in the story trying to tell the whole story of herself, her romance and marriage before she dies. Her story was captivating and made the reader want to read the entire book at one sitting. I have not read books by this author before, but I plan to read more by Frank Deford.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2011

    This book had me at the start!

    Beautifully written, surprises at every turn. Definitely not predictable. I highly recommend.

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