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Miracle on the 17th Green: A Novel about Life, Love, Family, Miracles ... and Golf Paperback – May 5, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books; a edition (May 5, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316693359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316693356
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

While it isn't quite the literary equivalent of a hole-in-one, this fast-moving golf fantasy about an amateur golfer who decides to try out for the PGA Senior Tour has enough sweetness and humor to overcome its obvious plot cliches. Middle-aged and happily married, Travis McKinley does the unthinkable: he misses Christmas dinner after getting caught up in a divinely inspired streak of great putting during an outing on the country club course in Winnetka, Ill. As Travis's obsession with his newfound talent takes over his life, his obstetrician wife, Sarah, expresses increasing dismay over his inability to grow up, a domestic crisis that reaches a boiling point when Travis loses his job and journeys to Tallahassee, Fla., to try to qualify for the Senior Tour. Competing against overwhelming odds, Travis earns a place on the tour, only to have his dream spoiled when he learns that Sarah intends to file for divorce. As he continues to compete against the likes of Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino, the victory that will fulfill Travis's dream and reunite him with his family is as improbable as it is inevitable. Plot issues aside, Patterson (whose newest thriller is Jack and Jill) and de Jonge succeed admirably in creating a winning character who is enough of a child to believe his dreams and is also mature enough to offer some gently humorous reflections on our national obsession with an engaging sport. Christmas shoppers take note: vigorous, straightforward prose and solid characterization put this second golf fable of the season in a far different league from the mystical, romantic The Legend of Tommy Morris (Forecasts, Sept. 2)
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Think of this short novel by best-selling thriller writer Patterson (Hide and Seek, LJ 12/95) and journalist de Jonge as a cross between It's a Wonderful Life and a masculine version of Sleeping Beauty. On Christmas Day, Travis McKinley is playing golf when suddenly he acquires perfect vision for the putt. In a zone, he plays brilliant golf and misses Christmas dinner with his family, where things are already rocky. The wife he adores wants to leave him, and he doesn't know why, although it may be because working 30 years in an advertising job he hates has strangled his growth and enthusiasm. When he's fired, he is liberated to see whether he really can play professional golf. Travis qualifies for the Professional Golfers Association Senior Tour, and it changes him and his family forever. Buy this for all the middle-aged male golfers who still have the spark of a dream left in them, as well as for those who've given up.?Marylaine Block, St. Ambrose Univ. Lib., Davenport, Iowa
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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About life, love and family.
M in TA
I would recomend this to anyone even if you are not a golfer but if you play golf even a little you will especially enjoy.
Char Aschenbrenner
The book is well written, a good golf story and well read to boot.
John P. Rooney

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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Tyler Disley on December 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
Miracle on the 17th green is a book that you can read in one sitting partly because it's only 150 pages and partly because it is so good. Miracle on the 17th green is an inspirational, entertaining, and sometimes very funny book. I didn't really expect it to be funny since Patterson has never shown that he can be humorous but nevertheless it was. You don't have to know a lot about golf to like and understand this book. It would help though because Patterson adds some real life golfers into the story but you don't have to know the ins and outs of the game to understand. I am surprised that Patterson wrote this book since it is very different than his normal plots of serial killers but he pulls it off. I am sure this is sort of an autobiography for Patterson because he does like to play golf and he has probably always wanted to get his sense of humor into his books but never has found a way. Miracle on the 17th green is a great book and will bring a lot of inspiration into your day or maybe into the rest of your life. 5 Stars
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Sunclades on September 17, 2001
Format: Paperback
I enjoy the fast paced novel that makes you feel good. And this work by James Paterson is just that. A touching story of mid life and love lost. Travis McKinley is a lifelong golfing enthusiast who has an epiphany on Christmas morning and can finally sink any putt he needs. After this dramatic improvement in his game he gets let go from his position in an advertising firm. He decides that there is no time like the present to join the Senior PGA tour. He makes serious money playing a game he has loved all his life. He is in the most picturesque locations and living the life, however he is miserable because he is losing the one woman he has ever loved. And then the miracle happens. This is one of the best books I have ever read, I highly recommend it. At only 149 pages (paperback) it is long enough to tell the whole story, yet short enough to leave out all the minute details that do not make a difference. This book should get 6 stars, or more, but the scales does not go that high, we will have to settle for a 5. Thanx for your time, T
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 1999
Format: Hardcover
A break from James Paterson's mysteries turned out wonderful. This book was the most enjoyable reading experiance of my life! Once I started reading it I was literaly totally oblivious to the outside world. After I finished I had three messages and I swear I didn't even hear the phone ring. I am a big fan of sports writing, and an avid golfer. As both this is one of the greatest books I have ever read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 30, 1999
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Simply put, this little book is the finest golf yarn ever told. It is a prescription for feeling good about the game and good about yourself. Every golfer who reads this book will find some part of him/her there. It isn't necessarily the plot, but the excellence and believability of the conveyance that makes it effective. If you read it once, you will surely read it again.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jason Marsell on August 14, 2002
Format: Paperback
Having just finished Cradle and All, I decided to go for something a little more light hearted. I found this one, and the story sounded a little corny, but I was still interested in giving it a try. Knowing that 150 pages would merely cleanse my palette from the depth and darkness of the last couple of books I read, I was able to get through it in one sitting. It was a happy story that wasn't too long or too short. It seemed to end at just the right time.
I really enjoyed the personalities of the true golfing legends like Lee Trevino and Jack Nicklaus. Even though this is a fictitious story, Travis gets to know them, and Patterson did a great job of making their actions and comments exactly like you'd expect them to truly act.
I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for a light-hearted, happy story without alot of meat, and certainly no filler.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By 10kbizarredad on June 19, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is the first James Patterson book that I have read. Soon I will start the Alex Cross series, but after reading some of the great classics of English Literature I needed an entertaining break. This 150 page story was perfect. I liked it for the same reasons that I liked John Grisham's Skipping Christmas. It was so REAL. Travis McKinley reminded me of so many people that I have known in my life and even a little bit of me. I'm also a big fan of the first person narrative. It will only take you three or four hours, but it's as good or better than any summer movie or book out there. Have fun. Oh and I'm not a golfer, this story can be enjoyable for everyone, even those with a very minimal understanding of the game of golf.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rochelle on July 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
In my quest to read all of James Patterson's books, I stumbled across this one in a bargin book store. This book is not the murder mystery he is known for - it's more like SUZANNE'S DIARY FOR NICOLAS.
MIRACLE ON THE 17TH GREEN is set around golf - but don't worry about really understanding or having an appreciation of the game to read this book. This is a story about Travis McKinley who discovers he is not happy with his life and decides to make changes...starting with his job. The short story (only 150 pages) told in James Patterson style (short chapters) begins on one Christmas when Travis golfs the game of his life. From there his life begins to change - for the better. He discovers during the next year what really matters to him and his life takes on a clarity it has never had.
A good book that proves Patterson can write a good story no matter what the subject!
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