Fall River Dreams: A Team's Quest for Glory, A Town's Search for It's Soul

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In this deeply felt, unforgettable book, Bill Reynolds journeys with a high school basketball team through the past and present of an American town. Fall River, Massachusetts, is a once-prosperous industrial center haunted by its history, the Durfee High School basketball team begins its annual drive for a state championship: a quest that inspires and sometimes consumes kids, coaches, families, teachers, and all of Fall River.

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Overview

In this deeply felt, unforgettable book, Bill Reynolds journeys with a high school basketball team through the past and present of an American town. Fall River, Massachusetts, is a once-prosperous industrial center haunted by its history, the Durfee High School basketball team begins its annual drive for a state championship: a quest that inspires and sometimes consumes kids, coaches, families, teachers, and all of Fall River.

Fall River Dreams is the story of one season's quest-a classic book about sports, youth, time, hope, and memory in American today.

In this lyrical, deeply-felt, unforgettable book, the author of Lost Summer, Big Hoops, and, with Rick Pitino, Born to Coach spends a season with the kids, coaches, families, teachers, and fans of the Durfee High School basketball team in Fall River, Massasschusetts--a journey through the past and present of an American town in pursuit of its lost youth and spirit. Photos.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A beautiful blend of sweetness, pain, and truth. Basketball runs through this book like a stream of light, illuminating all it touches." —Rick Telander, author of Heaven Is a Playground

"A remarkable book, open and honest, full of the joys and the pain of growing up." —The Sporting News

"Bill Reynolds is one of the best writers around, and this book is the Friday Night Lights of high school basketball." —Dan Shaughnessy, author of Ever Green

"Simply a classic...every word has the ring of truth. Reminds me of Norman Mclean's Young Men and Fire." —Greg Donaldson, author of The Ville

"Reynolds uncovers, in a moving and sensitive book, the desperate values of a city whose only dream is basketball glory." —James Chace, Newsday

'Superbly observed and compassionately rendered, Fall River Dreams reminds us of why sports matter." —Alexander Wolff, author of Raw Recruits

"Reynolds does a fine job...Fall River Dreams illustrates that sports can provide marvelous highs, but that the joy of achievement can be supplanted by the desperate needs to win-again and again and again." —The New York Times Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312134914
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1995
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 191,827
  • Lexile: 1100L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.47 (w) x 8.33 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Reynolds is a sports columnist for The Providence Journal and the author of several books, including (with Rick Pitino) the #1 New York Times bestseller Success Is a Choice. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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  • Posted December 25, 2013

    One of the greatest books on sport ever. A more well-written, t

    One of the greatest books on sport ever. A more well-written, though less compelling, version of Friday Night Lights.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2009

    Amazing for half the time

    Fall River Dreams was a great book about the storied history of a basketball famed town, and loving the sport of basketball I found myself caught up in the history of a team working together throughout a season and trying to achieve this common goal. I can definitely relate to the main character, Chris, seeing as I myself have just gone through the college basketball recruiting level only on a slightly smaller scale. It was a great book to read and I definitely read it at a good point in my life. The novel, however, only captured my attention for half the time. I believe that some of the history of the town of Fall Rivers that is in this book helps to create the story of the team, but during other parts of the novel I was asking myself how this history would fit into the story line. I found myself wanting to skip over the history lesson in the book and just wanting to read more about the team and the season they were in.
    Excluding the historical aspect of the book, and keeping in mind that I love the game of basketball, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in that type of history and learning more about this basketball-based town. I found my connection with the book, and I hope others can too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2006

    Good plot, but way too much History

    This book (Fall River Dreams) was a good book for about half of the time. But the other half of the time, Reynolds (the author) was sidetracking wildly and going into the history of the town so much that it made me loose interest quickly. I think that a little background information about the town was interesting and helpful to fully gain the town's aspect on basketball and life, but nearly every other chapter was a new history lesson that often did not pertain to the story. This point of view that I personally have on this book probably comes from me loving sports ans especially basketball, but I think that a lot of people will side with me in the sidetracking parts. And don't get me wrong, I love history, but I think that Reynolds doesn't use thie history like he should. I did very much enjoy the parts of the book where the Durfee Basketball team is playing, or when he is zoning in on them though. If the book did not have these negative aspects that I have mentioned, I would have rated it much higher, but the main storyline was very entertaining and interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2005

    Great Book

    This book was amazing and it kept me guessing the entire time. Throughout the whole book you will be guessing where Chris Herren is going to college with a great twist. AMAZING BOOK

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2004

    An Avid Reader

    This book is well-written, and the author brings the reader into the world of 'Fall River' and the lives of the players, families, friends, supporters, and fans of the team, and life within the city itself. The book shows that hard work, and determination will take you anywhere you strive to reach!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2001

    The best sports book yet

    This book was great, you get to listen to each game with great details, and you learn about the town, and players. Its wonderful. Also recommended: Glory Days, by Bill Reyholds.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2001

    Exceptional!

    Reynolds is masterful in his work! A must for any high school ball player. It captures the heart and soul of the greatest game on earth. Through competitiveness and a town's suppport, one small school rises to the top in Massachusettes as a premier high school power. Bill Reynolds captures this in a moving story of life and basketball. A must read, one that you will find hard to put down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2000

    A Great Basketball Read

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Great for basketball fans of all ages. Chris Herren is a basketball genius.

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