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"The author's testosterone-fueled story trudges along at a steady clip that will keep football fans glued to the page. An ESPN commentator, Harris knows his subject matter and delivers a serviceable narrative that's lively and readable..."

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"Slotback Rhapsody is a charming and riveting read for sports fiction collections."

About the Author

Christopher Harris writes and appears on television for ESPN, commenting exclusively on professional and fantasy football. Before working for ESPN, he covered sports for Yahoo!, and his sports articles have also appeared on NBA.com and in ESPN the Magazine. He has an MFA in fiction from the University of Massachusetts, and has published short stories in such journals as Washington Square, LIT, News From The Republic of Letters and Slush Pile.

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  • File Size: 814 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Publication Date: October 24, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ZJVAP0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #569,988 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Christopher has published stories in such literary journals as Washington Square, LIT, News from the Republic of Letters and Slush Pile. He also writes and appears on television for ESPN. He's currently blogging at TheBigClear.tumblr.com, engaging in discussions about Austin, Easter eggs in his novel The Big Clear, and a neo-noir film festival. On Twitter, you can follow him @CHarrisESPN.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PeterH on January 31, 2012
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Slotback Rhapsody by Christopher Harris is an intelligent football story not just for sports fans. Harris, who writes for ESPN.com, merges his football knowledge and writing craft to fine effect in this fictional yet insightful depiction of a struggling athlete and the choices he makes to achieve success.

It's another training camp for determined but diminutive Nick Morrison who has had little success launching his professional football career. This time it's with equally struggling Detroit--oddly, all team nicknames are conspicuously absent, perhaps for legal or copyright reasons--but he fails again. He's in his late twenties now and the odds of succeeding are diminishing rapidly. Unless he loads the dice.

He remains in Detroit and strikes up a casual friendship with one of the team's employees, Gasper, who becomes a connection for Nick to illegal Human Growth Hormone. What's he got to lose? The stuff works and just in time as injuries create an opening for a slotback with Detroit. While his teammates and coaches notice he's larger and faster, his intelligence, dogged hard work, and a bit of luck divert suspicion.

While hardly a Tim Tebow, Morrison's success inspires his mediocre team and turns them into an unlikely playoff candidate. Furthermore, he becomes a fan favourite, a proletarian success story for a proletarian community. He's easy for the Detroit fans to cheer for but not so much for the reader who knows his secret.

The season progresses and we're along for the ride with Nick's episodic observations and experiences on and off the field. Throughout, he remains even-keeled, enjoying but not flaunting his success, acknowledging but not feeling guilty about its cause.
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By rmarantz on March 15, 2013
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I just ordered Harris' new book, The Big Clear: A Novel, and realized I never wrote a review of Slotback Rhapsody. Better late than never...

This is a very entertaining read. Given that it takes place in the world of pro football, there are some stock characters and situations: the inscrutable coach with the southern drawl, the oversized loudmouth players and the groupies who love them, unexpected revelations and the big game. But Harris navigates this world with an original and very intriguing main character: Nick "Mouse" Morrison. He's the perfect blend of intellectual and jock: executing complex plays on the field and self-reflecting about the dualities of his life. He's our conduit to the football world, and he sees it in a unique way given his penchant for intelligent observation and buddhist leanings.

Harris does a great job to humanize Nick but not make him completely noble. As Nick makes difficult choices in his personal and professional life, I found myself getting personally invested in his situation. And the ending of the book was very satisfying, touching without being maudlin.

Kudos to Christopher Harris for crafting a wonderful story that seems familiar and fresh at the same time.

I can't wait to read his next book!
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Great writing--a bittersweet look at the life of a pint-sized pro football underdog through one delirious season. I love what Christopher Harris has done here. It moves fast but you can feel both the hope and dread circle around the protagonist, Mouse Morrison. I also love how Harris poses difficult questions--but only answers some of them--and enables the reader to feel the pain, relief, and joy of the season. Very fulfilling. I know that Harris is an analyst for ESPN, and the insider feel bursts forth like a smack talking defensive end. Lots of hilarious dialogue for sure.
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By Alan on November 14, 2011
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ESPN columnist Christopher Harris' debut novel Slotback Rhapsody is a page turning delight. Professional football from an insider's perspective. His protagonist is an over-thinking underdog who you can't help but root for in football as well as in love and life. Harris is a great writer and knows the sport, writing about it in so fluid a fashion that even the non football fan will be enthralled. Don't let this one slip by.
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z1a2c3h4ariah@gmail is my email. who cares? I do, if you wanna argue. This book is great. I read about one novel a day unless its a long Clive Barker classic or something.. Michael Connelly. Walter Mosley. King. Koontz. Bentley Little. Barbara Kingsolver. George Martin. I like this book as a novel and nothing less. No category. Good is good. And so is great... Chris Harris is great.
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Really enjoyed the book, well written and very quick read. Found once I got started I couldn't put it down
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By Michael Bell on March 12, 2013
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Easy to read underdog story about a player trying to make the NFL while dealing with his own inner demons. Really picks up once the game action starts. Would recommend it to any football fan.
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