"Reads like a combination of American Graffiti and Hoosiers put on pages with humor and wit. It's a wonderful story.... I loved it."Associated Press
It's not about golf. It's about life. Set in a small Oklahoma town in the mid-1960sa simple place in a confusing timeFlatbellies is partly about the seemingly unreachable goal of a high school golf team: to win the state championship. But mostly it's about the way Chipper, Jay, L.K., Buster, the unforgettable Peachy, and their friends learn to deal with love, loss, friendship, fear, triumph, tragedy, growing up, and growing together. Fictionalized from the author's teenage years in the heartland of America, Flatbellies is a memorable and moving coming-of-age story.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
A. B. Hollingsworth is a surgeon in Oklahoma City. He is currently at work on his next novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Must admit I am not an avid reader so for me to pick up a book and read it cover to cover in two days is extremely rare. Hollingsworth's Characters come to life in his desciptions and you can easily find yourself picturign someone you know as all of them. A great read and one that many can relate with, but even more so, former HS and College athletes. Great gift idea for those that like feel good stories but with some twists.
This was perhaps one of the finest coming of age novels I have ever had the pleasure to read. All the characters are known to the reader. You can't have grown up in America and not have met 'Chipper, Peachy, Jay, L.K., Buster, Amy, Kelly,' et. al. Hollingsworth captures what it is like to discover one's self in tale that has you cheering, jeering, laughing, and tearing as you can't help but recall what being seventeen was all about.
What a great first time effort! The book brought back memories of those crazy friends we all had in high school and the things that we all did, but could not tell our parents about. For an avid golfer, it was even more fun in spite of what it says on the cover ('It's not about Golf, it's about Life'). I sure hope that Alan finds enough time away from his medical practice to write another one!
Growing up in Oklahoma in the 1960s could be like a ride on a rollercoaster. Girls, cars, sports, even bullies - all the things that we teenagers were so involved with. Alan B Hollingsworth has managed to capture every sudden swerve and rolling upturn in his first novel, Flatbellies. Richly populated with characters drawn from his high school years, Hollingsworth has recreated in the not-so-mythical hamlet of El Viento the world as he knew it. I found myself drawn into the lives of his characters, heroes and villains alike. This became one of those books where you say, ¿I just have to read another chapter, even if I do have to get up in the morning to go to work!¿ You too will find it was worth it.
Flatbellies is a classic feel good book about a unique group of high school kids coming of age on an Oklahoma golf course in the mid 1960's. The author creates numerous characters, both good and bad, that come alive from the page. You'll be casting the Movie long before you finish. This book will make you laugh, but also make you cry, as you remember your own difficult passage through the mine field of high school. It's easy reading that's hard to put down. A must for every golfer, especially those who ever sought a trophy, whether they got it or not.