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Third and Long: A Novel for Hard Times
     

Third and Long: A Novel for Hard Times

by Bob Katz
 
A former Notre Dame football star is hired as the local plant manager in a dying Midwest factory town. Soon he is also handed the daunting job of saving the local football team -- and the town itself. Mystery, intrigue, romance and redemption follow in this moving portrait of a vanishing America hanging by a thread... with perhaps just enough time remaining for one

Overview

A former Notre Dame football star is hired as the local plant manager in a dying Midwest factory town. Soon he is also handed the daunting job of saving the local football team -- and the town itself. Mystery, intrigue, romance and redemption follow in this moving portrait of a vanishing America hanging by a thread... with perhaps just enough time remaining for one last, miraculous play.

Editorial Reviews

Sports Illustrated
Early on in this sly, lyrical novel (think Friday Night Lights meets All the Right Moves, only funny) we figure out that all may not be what it seems, but Katz (Hot Air) makes us root for his put-upon characters. And have you ever read that a placekick "lifted like a heron off a tranquil pond, in a perfect trajectory over the crossbar"?
St. Paul Pioneer Press
"This novel is so good-hearted, so life-affirming, it's a joy to read. Longview is a dying Midwest factory town that finds hope when a former Notre Dame football star becomes manager of the plant that is the town's biggest employer. But who is this stranger who also takes over coaching the high school football team? What Katz does so well is evoke the feelings of love the people have for their town and their close connections, even when the football team keeps losing. Katz clearly has compassion for all of his characters, and some of his descriptions of their feelings are so beautiful you'll want to read whole paragraphs several times." --(Mary Ann Grossman)
Star Tribune
At its best, Bob Katz's novel "Third and Long" evokes the quirks and nuance of one of Jon Hassler's fictional small towns. The taciturn protagonist, Nick, limps off the train in Longview, Ohio, and ambles up to the Made Right clothing factory up the hill. A mysterious drifter, he's looking to land the plant manager's job -- a dicey proposition with Korean interests circling the factory, vulture-like.
ohioauthority.com
Katz nails small-town life, communicating the vibe of the local pizza shop, the slow flirtation that brings Nick and Marie together, the tension attending the revelation of Nick's true story. The town itself narrates; that improbable device works.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780977791521
Publisher:
Trolley Car Press
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.51(h) x 0.50(d)

What People are Saying About This

E. J. Dionne Jr.
If John Steinbeck had known as much about sports as Bob Katz does, he would have been proud to have written Third and Long. And if Tony Kornheiser or Michael Wilbon are looking for a smart sports book inspired by the emphathy and understanding that Katz feels for the people in our old industrial towns, they will turn to Third and Long. Katz has offered us a smart, moving, beautiful and important book. (E. J. Dionne Jr., syndicated columnist, NPR commentator)
Frank Deford
The handsome, laconic stranger with the mysterious past alights from the train in a small town, and . . . It sounds like the start of a western in stagecoach times, but it's really a mid-western in a global economy. Third and Long is an engagingly sweet tale of first impressions, second chances. (Frank Deford, novelist, sportswriter, commentator)
Lynne Cox
Third and Long is an American classic. It's a story about hope and possibilities, crumbled dreams, and surprising redemption. I loved it! It's inspiring, entertaining, and insightful. It's a book I couldn't put down! (Lynne Cox, author of Swimming to Antarctica and Grayson)

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