Nate Dunlevy was born and raised in Indianapolis where he currently lives with his wife Deborah and three children. A graduate of Pike High School and Grace College and Theological Seminary, Nate has a Masters degree in Intercultural Studies and spent most of the decade of the 2000s living and working in Argentina. He is a contributor to ColtsAuthority.com. His first book was Blue Blood: Tales of Glory of the Indianapolis Colts.
For the record, Nate finished Invincible, Indiana in June of 2009 and watched in horror as Gordon Hayward's shot rimmed out against Duke the following year. He may never recover.
Fantastic read. It's intelligent, unpredictable, and altogether hard to put down. I've been following the author since he started a popular sports blog and while his blogging skills are second-to-none it's great to see him take his writing to a new level with this very enjoyable novel. I highly recommend it.
A hundred years ago, Thomas R. Marshall was governor of Indiana. He went on to become vice-president under Woodrow Wilson. In Marshall's autobiography, he wrote that Indiana had a way of producing first-rate, second-rate men. In 1997, Indiana proved it could do even worse when it abandoned its one-class high school, statewide basketball tournament. The tournament had been the model for today's NCAA March Madness. But the Indiana authorities convinced themselves it was better to have four diluted mini-champs than one actual best-in-the-state winner. Indiana turned out to be the Big Loser.
That's the back-story for the finely written INVINCIBLE, INDIANA. The actual tale involved a young, first-year coach fresh from the Butler University staff. He arrives in Invincible and deals with the eccentricities and biases of a small, fading community devoted to its high school team. Invincible loves basketball, a condition once common in towns throughout the state. Invincible, however, has something else. It is deeply protective of their team's legendary record: 49 consecutive .500 seasons.
In a less able writer, this book could have been a sappy, preditable stereotype. Fortunately, Dunlevy took a street-real approach. With the exception of a couple of high-minded speech blurts, the dialogue reflects the way people talk under stress. Nothing shocking. The language is just unvarnished, what you hear rather than what your aunt pretends she wishes to hear. When he puts characters in rugged situations, they sometimes come out with their plumes drooping. The writing tugs the reader through the pages, not with building tension, but with growing curiosity about whether the author will be able to look you in the face on the last page. Find out. Read this excellent book.Read more ›