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Soccer Dad: A Father, a Son, and a Magic Season [Kindle Edition]

W. D. Wetherell
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Book Description

A father's true story of his high-school-age son's winning soccer season. Soccer Dad is simultaneously the candid reflections of a devoted father and the enthusiastic observations of a diehard soccer fan. When Matt enters his senior year of high school, it is not without myriad parenting concerns on the part of his father, author W. D. Wetherell. What is his role in shaping his son's future? What will life be like when Matt is away at college? And what of Matt's soccer season?—Is Matt's success in soccer just setting him up for disappointment later in life? With the pensive eye of an artist, Wetherell follows his son's team from field to field and win to win and ruminates on topics ranging from soccer's esoteric appeal in America to the conflicting emotions of a parent sending his youngest child out into the world. Reflecting on his own experiences both as a participant and a spectator, Wetherell offers a paean to the sport of soccer and the joys of parenthood. Updated and revised with a new chapter that brings Soccer Dad fully up to date, this is an exciting new edition that readers will enjoy for years to come.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Wetherell's son Matt is a starter for a Hanover, N.H., high school soccer team, which is seeking its third straight state championship, and he details the season's ups and downs, while describing the culture surrounding competitive youth soccer and saying good-bye to his son's childhood. Wetherell (Chekov's Sister; Morning) writes with energy and light humor, but he tries to cover so much territory that the narrative lapses into disorganization and unanswered questions. The account feels like a collection of short essays linked tangentially by Matt, whose challenging senior year isn't well integrated into Wetherell's musings on soccer parents or the grueling life of a teenage soccer star. Wetherell also indulges in sweeping, hero-making prose regarding soccer and Matt's team, which has the opposite effect of its intent (cleats on the bass line that supplies the game's rhythm—always there, hardly noticed, absolutely core). Still, Wetherell's astute observations on soccer and the accompanying lifestyle plus his passion as a parent contribute to an often informative read. (Sept.) ""
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"Wetherell is a passionate writer who has a sharp, fresh eye."

(The New York Times )

"Wetherell writes with energy and light humor...(his) astute observations on soccer and the accompanying lifestyle plus his passion as a parent contribute to an often informative read."

(Publishers Weekly )

Product Details

  • File Size: 450 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 160239329X
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (September 17, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TC14JQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #797,394 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wetherell United January 15, 2009
If you're a fan of WD Wetherell's baroquely funny and imaginative novels, you may enjoy this book, though I must say his anarchic invention has been severely tamped--for valid reasons, since he has committed himself to a difficult task, an extended work of nonfiction centering on his son's struggle to win the state championship in a fiercely competitive soccer environment. There aren't many parts of America in which US football takes a backseat to the traditional "beautiful game," but apparently where the Wetherells live, in New Hampshire, it ranks as #1.

Each couple of pages in the book you get another mini-essay about different aspects of soccer, and some of these work and some don't. He describes the sounds of soccer in minute detail, and this is a great piece, the sounds a fan will hear on an autumn afternoon, the way the earth rumbles as though a horde of buffalo were stampeding across it, and then he marks down, as though in dance notation, the short interjections and exhortations the individual players make. (Wetherell notes that, compared to most sports, soccer players are talky, something I never thought about before.)

The boys on the team each have something to prove, espevcially in the face of a devastasting cheating scandal that had drowned the high school in bad press during the opening of the championship season--a scandal involving football players, the sons of the most prominent town residents, linking their brains together for a Topkapi-style heist of exams. Though no soccer players were directly involved, Wetherell shows how the boys were made vulnerable to the hooting and jeering of their opponents from neighboring high schools, eager to associate the innocent with the disgrace of their schoolmates.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I can relate (even though I'm a soccer mom) March 21, 2009
By Lori
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My husband and I could relate to this book on many levels. Our children are much younger than his son but, as this author retells stories of his boy growing up in soccer and his passion for the sport, we could have inserted ourselves into the pages of this book. Wetherell's casual style of writing was enjoyable, although at times it seemed a bit wordy and off topic (a few small tangents I could have done without). Overall, it was an enjoyable read. I chuckled out loud more than a few times and even shed a tear when I could relate so personally. Wetherell draws you into his family and into himself in such a way that any sports parent could relate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read January 22, 2009
This is a must read for any soccer Dad or Mom. It goes through all the trials and tribulations of being a soccer parent in a humorous way. There are also many interesting observations about the sport of soccer.

It would also be good read for many parents that have endured long seasons as a baseball, football, or basketball dad or mom - the impact on the parents is the same. The story is well written and I found it a quick and enjoyable read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Soccer Dad tours the NE March 12, 2013
Anticipating more soccer and less scenic descriptions, I found myself skimming parts of the novel to find the story of an undefeated season and the roller coaster ride that often brings.

Instead there was much commentary of driving to locations, background character details which did little to engage this reader.

The soccer team and its march to the state championship match is almost an afterthought, which may have been the author's goal. I may have been anticipating a different story here and as such, was left a little disappointed.
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