Forever Season

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"I died exactly the way I lived." The tragic secret of C. P. MacKay's life is hinted at in the first sentence of this astonishing novel. The reader, however, can hardly be prepared for what follows. This is the story of a young man who appeared to have everything going for him. He was a gifted football player. He was a brilliant student who loved poetry. But his downfall began when he received a scholarship to a major university. There, C. P. found his path blocked from all directions as he tried to fulfill his desire to play the game he loved,
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Overview

"I died exactly the way I lived." The tragic secret of C. P. MacKay's life is hinted at in the first sentence of this astonishing novel. The reader, however, can hardly be prepared for what follows. This is the story of a young man who appeared to have everything going for him. He was a gifted football player. He was a brilliant student who loved poetry. But his downfall began when he received a scholarship to a major university. There, C. P. found his path blocked from all directions as he tried to fulfill his desire to play the game he loved, satisfy his thirst for knowledge, and maintain his integrity.
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When the first sentence of a book about football states, "I died exactly the way I lived," a reader is immediately curious about the author's intent. Since American football is considered a sport of cultural significance, Don Keith's identification of 1960s Southern culture and its corresponding rigid class structure—along with time period references to family life, corruption in sports, social upheaval, and political strife during the height of the Vietnam Conflict—seems appropriate. Corinthian Phillipians McKay, better known as CP, was born to play football in the "Southern style." His gambling father's dreams of having CP play in the SEC (Southeastern Conference) are recognized when CP accepts a scholarship to fictitious Sparta University. Here, CP encounters an onslaught of moral and ethical issues surrounding collegiate football that will eventually lead to his untimely demise. Keith's first-person dialogue and ability to weave social, psychological, cultural, and economic issues into the storyline make The Forever Season an entertaining piece of sports fiction. Literature classes looking for a good genre-specific book for critical analysis will find Keith's book to be a great fit. It should be noted that mature language and themes may require school library media specialists, teachers, and/or YA public librarians to evaluate this carefully for acceptable audience selection purposes. (A Deep South Book). KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 1995, Univ. of Alabama Press, 276p.,
— Tom Adamich
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"The novel’s prose shines. The football sequences are as good as any written.”
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"This is the kind of book you simply will not put down until the end . . . with one of the most gut-wrenching and stunning conclusions that I have ever read.”
&#8212Birmingham Post-Herald

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312146030
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 4.98 (w) x 8.08 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Don Keith is an independent writer living in Birmingham. He has written 10 novels, including Wizard of the Wind, a story of the radio business.

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