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The Throwback Special

(2016)
A novel by

 
Awards
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
2016 National Book Award Finalist in Fiction

Winner of the Paris Review's 2016 Terry Southern Prize for Humor


A slyly profound and startlingly original novel about the psyche of the American male, The Throwback Special marks the return of one of the most acclaimed literary voices of his generation.

Here is the absorbing story of twenty-two men who gather every fall to painstakingly reenact what ESPN called "the most shocking play in NFL history" and the Washington Redskins dubbed the "Throwback Special": the November 1985 play in which the Redskins' Joe Theismann had his leg horribly broken by Lawrence Taylor of the New York Giants live on Monday Night Football.

With wit and great empathy, Chris Bachelder introduces us to Charles, a psychologist whose expertise is in high demand; George, a garrulous public librarian; Fat Michael, envied and despised by the others for being exquisitely fit; Jeff, a recently divorced man who has become a theorist of marriage; and many more. Over the course of a weekend, the men reveal their secret hopes, fears, and passions as they choose roles, spend a long night of the soul preparing for the play, and finally enact their bizarre ritual for what may be the last time. Along the way, mishaps, misunderstandings, and grievances pile up, and the comforting traditions holding the group together threaten to give way.

The Throwback Special is a moving and comic tale filled with pitch-perfect observations about manhood, marriage, middle age, and the rituals we all enact as part of being alive.

 
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Used availability for Chris Bachelder's The Throwback Special


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Hardback Editions

March 2016 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Throwback Special: A Novel
Author(s): Chris Bachelder
ISBN: 0-393-24946-8 / 978-0-393-24946-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

February 2017 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Throwback Special: A Novel
Author(s): Chris Bachelder
ISBN: 0-393-35378-8 / 978-0-393-35378-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

March 2016 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: The Throwback Special
Author(s): Chris Bachelder
ISBN: 1-68168-004-1 / 978-1-68168-004-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

March 2016 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Throwback Special
Author(s): Chris Bachelder
Publisher: HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

March 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Throwback Special: A Novel
Author(s): Chris Bachelder
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


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