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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Sports
  • Language:English
  • Pages:335
  • eBook ISBN:9781483547626

Hardwood

A Novel about College Basketball and Other Games Young Men Play

by Mike Consol

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Overview
Hardwood is a comedic romp narrated by Jimmy Tribeca, a white point-guard from Brooklyn, N.Y., playing for an otherwise all-black Lewis & Clark College basketball team. Through a fluke, the tiny Portland, Oregon-based college shocks the collegiate basketball world by recruiting one of the nation’s most sought after high school graduates, a scoring machine named Trevor Windgate. With superstar Windgate setting scoring records, the Lewis & Clark Pioneers are in hot pursuit of an undefeated Immaculate Season, until the story reaches its madcap crescendo when two catastrophic events imperil several careers and the team's perfect record.
Description
Hardwood is a comedic romp narrated by Jimmy Tribeca, a white point-guard from Brooklyn, N.Y., playing for an otherwise all-black Lewis & Clark College basketball team. Through a fluke, the tiny Portland, Oregon-based college shocks the collegiate basketball world by recruiting one of the nation’s most sought after high school graduates, a scoring machine named Trevor Windgate. With superstar Windgate setting scoring records, the Lewis & Clark Pioneers are in hot pursuit of an undefeated Immaculate Season, until the story reaches its madcap crescendo when two catastrophic events imperil several careers and the team's perfect record. Tribeca is a psychology major battling the persistent Portland rainfall and a nasty case of Seasonal Affective Disorder -- as well as an aberrant relationship with his on-and-off girlfriend and a relationship of questionable closeness to his mother. The protagonist’s curriculum includes brutal and revealing therapy sessions with a German émigré named Meghan Himmler, a decorated psychologist Tribeca both admires and resents. The standoffish Windgate is a nature-loving country boy (hence, his decision to attend Lewis & Clark to study environmental law) who has more in common with Tribeca than his black "brothers" from America's inner cities. One militant teammate starts a mail correspondence with Louis Farrakhan and decides to join the Nation of Islam at mid-season and insists on changing his name, setting off a fresh round of tumult. The team’s head coach, Roman Hoyt, is prescribed a cocktail of anti-depressants to endure the mounting pressure, a situation exacerbated by threats of dismissal from the college’s Athletic Director if Hoyt doesn’t finally win the Northwest Conference Championship – especially after the department bent recruiting guidelines to get Windgate’s letter of intent.
About the author
Mike Consol, a lifelong writer and journalist, is a business communications coach and president of MikeConsol.com, where he teaches writing workshops as well as training sessions in public speaking and PowerPoint presentation skills. He is also editor of the magazine Real Assets Adviser, a publication of Institutional Real Estate, Inc. Prior to that, Consol spent 17 years with American City Business Journals, the nation’s largest publisher of metropolitan business journals with 40 weekly newspapers across the United States. While at ACBJ, Consol held a variety of key posts, including: writing and reporting coach, associate publisher of San Francisco Business Times, vice president of the company’s internet division bizjournals.com, publisher of the Portland Business Journal, and editor of the San Francisco Business Times. Before joining ACBJ, Consol was managing editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal. Prior to that he was news editor of the Pasadena Star-News. Consol, a native of upstate New York, attended Arizona State University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in political science. He has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 15 years.
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