Ostensibly, this is a book about a group of 40-year-old men reenacting a 1985 football play. What it's really about is male brotherhood and ritual. Whether it's the urinal decision (which one to choose when two out of five are occupied), the joys of all-you-can-eat breakfast, or unspoken muscle envy....if you're a guy, you are going to recognize yourself (or someone you know) in these pages. And if you are a woman, this book may just provide a window into the unfathomable male mind...(or at least, help explain that glazed over look the next time you are at dinner). There is a lot of truth and heart here. A helpful hint....don't worry too much about all the different personalities. There are 22 men in a 200 page book. You will drive yourself crazy trying to remember all the names and miss out on the fun. Rather, just enjoy all the manliness and let the narrative unfold.— Walt
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.