Water Boy

Water Boy

by Gary Reiswig
     
 

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Two friends, a football star and the water boy, live in an Oklahoma town obsessed with both football and fundamentalist religion. The town's young people may be deified or destroyed by either of these passions. Sonny and Danny meet at the funeral of a boy their age, then grow to adulthood dealing with the expectations of a town hoping to win a state football…  See more details below

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Two friends, a football star and the water boy, live in an Oklahoma town obsessed with both football and fundamentalist religion. The town's young people may be deified or destroyed by either of these passions. Sonny and Danny meet at the funeral of a boy their age, then grow to adulthood dealing with the expectations of a town hoping to win a state football championship, while, at the same time, expecting Jesus to return "in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye." Which is more important? The championship trophy, or "treasure in heaven?" Local characters inhabit Cimmaron; Cannonball Conner, the assistant football coach who's a dwarf; Emma, Sonny's Mother, who lives for the rapture; Arved, Danny's father, a brilliant farmer who's blind and hated for his success; Brice Miller, a former football hero who hangs around town trying to live off past glory; Dovie Lasher, a girl so talented on the basketball court and so beautiful to look at, she's above all morality. The interaction between the values of football and Christianity lead to a surprising, life-changing conclusion for Sonny and Danny.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Despite its deceptively simple opening, this first novel about coming of age in 1950s Oklahoma gradually turns into a lurid, albeit fairly compelling, drama of adultery, murder, lust, child abuse and redemption. Narrator William ``Sonny'' Schultz, water boy for his high school football team, finds athletics a means of breaking free from his controlling mother, a religious fanatic who has him performing baptisms by the time he's 10. Sonny and his best friend, quarterback Danny Boone, are both sexually involved with free-spirited Dovie Lasher, teenage wife of the team's star player, sadistic bully Brice ``Killer'' Marden. Longstanding hatreds culminate in Killer's beating and humiliation of Danny, who retaliates by circumcising his tormentor with a knife. The stage is set for a sensational finale, involving the uncertain paternity of Dovie's baby; the revelations here will startle even the most alert readers. Reiswig, himself a high school quarterback and later a pastor, peoples the Oklahoma panhandle with driven characters obsessed by football, sex and religion. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781477483442
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
07/17/2012
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,064,458
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)

Meet the Author

Gary Reiswig was born in Texas but grew up in Oklahoma where he played high school football. As a teenager, he was a minister, husband, and father. At thirty, he left the ministry, earned a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, then was an educator and city planner in Pittsburgh before owning a country inn in East Hampton, NY. He currently lives in East Hampton and Manhattan.

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