Bring Your Legs with You

Bring Your Legs with You

by Darrell Spencer

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A boxer who brings his legs with him comes to the ring with the strength and stamina to make it through every round of a tough fight. In this new collection, winner of the prestigious Drue Heinz Literature Prize, Darrell Spencer delivers fiction with just that kind of power.

Bring Your Legs with You contains nine interconnected stories set in Las Vegas. Featuring various perspectives and narrators, they are filled with unforgettable characters, including Carl T. Plugg, a sharp-dressed, smooth-talking, non-hustling pool shark; Spinoza, the philosophical day laborer with “Department of Big Thoughts” lettered on the door of his pickup; Jacob, an arrogant lawyer who learns too late the dangers of swimming with the sharks; Gus, a man who has never seen his son fight despite his insatiable fascination with the sweet science; and Jane, a woman wary of her ex-husband, but still in love enough to share her bed with him.

Above them all looms Tommy Rooke, retired prizefighter and self-employed roofer. Undefeated in the ring, Rooke walked away from boxing at the top of his game, to the confusion and consternation of his friends and family. As his father, former manager, and various other hangers-on encourage him to stage a comeback, Tommy moves through the gated communities and sun-blasted strip malls of Las Vegas, wrestling with personal choice, the caprices of fate, and the price the gods demand for our sins.

More than a book about boxing, gambling, luck, and broken dreams, <I>Bring Your Legs with You</I> delves deeply into the life of its flawed but intelligent hero, a man deeply devoted to his friends but lost in a violent world. A writer unafraid to show the connections between people, Spencer delivers a hard-hitting collection filled with rich dialogue and spare prose.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822978800
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 10/31/2004
Series: Drue Heinz Literature Prize Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
File size: 809 KB

About the Author

Darrell Spencer is professor of English at Ohio University. He is the author of three previous books of short stories, including Caution: Men in Trees, cowinner of the 1998 Flannery O’Connor Award.

Table of Contents

<Spencer, Contents> <p. vii, no folio, p. viii, cont'd or blank> Contents Bring Your Legs with You 000 The Sweet Science 000 World Death Care Expo, Reno, Nevada 000 How Would You Play This? 000 No One Is Going to Ask You to Sing 000 Five Times for Disorderly Conduct 000 Until Liquor Is Made Legal 000 You Missed Something Good with Hats 000 The Blues Is about Mens and Womens 000 Acknowledgments 000

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