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Stephen Florida

by Habash, Gabe.

Format: Kindle Book 2017 2017
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A troubled college wrestler in North Dakota falls in love and becomes increasingly unhinged during his final season.
Half Title
Title Page
Copyright Page
Stephen Florida
Coffee House Press
Funder Acknowledgments
The Publisher's Circle of Coffee House Press.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "It's wrestling season, and this is the last shot at the 133-pound-weight-class championship for senior Stephen Florida, as Oregsburg College knows Steven Forster because of clerical errors he hasn't corrected. Orphaned when his parents died in a car accident, and again when his grandmother, his resulting caretaker, passed away, Stephen doesn't need or want much beyond success on the wrestling mat these days, and he pursues it doggedly. Despite his flinty demeanor, he attracts both sensitive friendship and romantic interest until a knee injury undoes his hopes, and maybe his sanity. Stephen's reliability as a narrator isn't immediately called into question, but when it is, it's in a big way. Combining the darkly psychological athletics of a Megan Abbott novel with the ominous mood of Donnie Darko, Habash's debut is above all his very original own. As a character study, Stephen's is convincingly, comically, realistically weird, his seeming every thought marvelously relayed. This, plus beautiful sentences and an evocative North Dakota setting in the not-so-distant past, mark a promising debut.--Bostrom, Annie Copyright 2017 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "This debut novel by PW deputy reviews editor Habash unfolds mostly in the mind of the title character, a Division IX college wrestler who is entering his senior year at a community college in the fictional town of Aiken, N.Dak. Stephen is an odd, angry young man, an orphan raised by his grandmother, totally obsessed with winning wrestling trophies and with the sexual satisfaction denied him by his wrestling coach's rules. For the audiobook, voice actor Damron treats the wrestling match descriptions like a professional announcer, adding color to performance and helping listeners stay attuned. He channels Stephen's anger, anguish, and soul-searching and gives character to Stephen's few acquaintances, like a college professor who may have murdered his wife, a coach who's generally off the wall, and his on-again, off-again girlfriend, Mary Beth. For the most part, it's a straightforward listening experience that relies on the strength of Habash's prose. A Coffee House hardcover. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Subjects Bildungsromans
Electronic books.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Coffee House Press2017
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Format: Adobe EPUB eBook
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Description 1 online resource
ISBN 9781566894739
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