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The Throwback Special

(2016)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
The Throwback Special is the story of 22 ordinary guys who gather each fall to reenact what ESPN has called "the most shocking play in NFL history": the November 1985 play in which Joe Theismann of the Washington Redskins had his leg horribly broken by Lawrence Taylor of the New York Giants on Monday Night Football. (The play was known by the Redskins as "the Throwback Special".) Over the course of a weekend, we follow the men as they choose roles; spend a long night of the soul revealing their secret hopes, fears, and passions as they prepare for the game; and finally enact their strange and yet oh, so American ritual for what may be the last time.

With his trademark "microfine sense of humor and tragic sense of history" (Michael Chabon), Chris Bachelder fills his moving and very funny tale with pitch-perfect observations about manhood, marriage, and middle age.

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March 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: 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
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Paperback Editions

February 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: 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
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March 2016 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Throwback Special
Author(s): Chris Bachelder
ISBN: 1-68168-004-1 / 978-1-68168-004-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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March 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Throwback Special
Author(s): Chris Bachelder
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March 2016 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Throwback Special
Author(s): Chris Bachelder
Publisher: HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books
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March 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Throwback Special: A Novel
Author(s): Chris Bachelder
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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