Friday, November 16, 2012

Winning the City Redux Blog Tour Meet Special Guest Author Theodore Weesner

Winning the City Redux is a coming of age YA novel. The only problems I found with the book was grammar and punctuation.  I had a hard time following what the writer was trying to get across. Some of the sentences were choppy and incomplete. I didn't finish and put it down after the first paragraph. Mr. Weesner  left me wondering how the he became a highly acclaimed Literary fiction author. 

Except from Winning the City Redux:

This is it. Today is the day. The first practice of the 
year after school in the boy’s gym. Time to show the speed, do 
the deed, take the lead! All these weeks and months Dale has 
been able to think of little else. Since last spring. what?

I couldn't continue reading any further. I don't like to give negative book reviews because I'm not a critic, but I am a writer and a reader and I just didn't like this book.

I give it two thumbs down and 1 star.

Press Release:

Highly acclaimed Literary fiction author Theodore Weesner is back, following up his “modern American classic” (The Car Thief) with an exciting coming-of-age literary drama, set within the background of inner city youth basketball.

Winning the City Redux [ISBN: 978-1-938231-08-7; Literary Fiction; Paperback, US $12.95; ebook, US $5.99 March, 2013] is now re-imagined for a new generation of readers to discover. Written in Theodore Weesner’s signature gritty style, Redux again breaks through as an enduring piece of literature, even as its language and plot coalesce to form an enthralling page-turner. Winning the City Redux entertains as it examines new dimensions of classism, corruption, youth angst and dangerous passion.


It’s Detroit, 1961. Fifteen-year-old Dale Wheeler, the son of an unemployed, alcoholic autoworker, has big dreams of leading his team to the City Basketball Championship.  But his dream is shattered when Dale—the co-captain and top point guard—is cut from the team to make way for the son of a big money team sponsor.

His life in a tailspin, Dale finds a helping hand in Miss Furbish, the beautiful homeroom teacher whose well-meaning kindness gradually builds into a potentially dangerous passion.  And in his lowest times, Dale gets a final shot at his dream:  A hardscrabble team of street-ballers that may have what it takes to win the City Championship.


Theodore Weesner, born in Flint, Michigan, is aptly described as a “Writers’ Writer” by the larger literary community.  His short works have been published in the New YorkerEsquireSaturday Evening PostAtlantic Monthly and Best American Short Stories.  His novels, including The True DetectiveWinning the City and Harbor Light, have been published to great critical acclaim in theNew York TimesThe Washington PostHarper’sThe Boston GlobeUSA TodayThe Chicago Tribune, Boston Magazine and The Los Angeles Times to name a few.

Weesner is currently writing his memoir, two new novels, and an adaptation of his widely praised novel—retitled Winning the City Redux—also to be published by Astor + Blue Editions.  He lives and works in Portsmouth, NH.

The book can be purchased at B & N and  Amazon

Disclaimer: The opinions in the post are my own honest opinions and do not reflect that of the general public.


Kelly Hashway said...

I've used fragments for emphasis, and I've seen a lot of other authors do it, too. But too many can be jarring for the reader.

Diane Carlisle said...

I can read fragments too, even all the way through a novel, but only if I get a distinct voice.

Deb said...

It seems unfair to judge the book on only one paragraph. It might get better.

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