- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press (May 30, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250114802
- ISBN-13: 978-1250114808
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1 x 8.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 66 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Trophy Son: A Novel Hardcover – May 30, 2017
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"Trophy Son brings Conroy's The Great Santini and Malamud's The Natural into the present day, tackling our dangerous obsession with youth athletics and single-sport specialization. A terrific book." - Harlan Coben
"Keenly observed and provocative... Trophy Son follows prodigy Anton Stratis from an isolated childhood of grueling practice under the eye of his overbearing father to his dramatic rise through the competitive world of professional tennis." - Sports Illustrated
"A Dickens-loving tennis prodigy finds himself the hero of his father's plot in Douglas Brunt's Trophy Son, which convincingly renders a pro-sports fishbowl peopled by drug-enhanced, endorsement-emblazoned warriors - and the attempts of one weary soldier to escape with his soul." - Vogue
"This wise novel explores the themes of sacrifice and maniacal parenting and alerts us to the cost of success. The lessons go well beyond sports." - The Observer
"Trophy Son is a fascinating look at what sporting professionals sacrifice in order to succeed and the uncomfortable truths about domineering parents, grueling schedules, physical suffering, emotional pain and moral compromises." - Associated Press
“[Brunt is] a pro at making us care about Anton, and he burrows into his protagonist’s troubled head. He nails the dysfunctional parent-child relationship fans have seen play out on so many tennis courts...his novel zips along nicely, perfect for summer and tennis season.” –USA Today
"Fascinating...a cautionary tale about our achievement-obsessed society." –Town & Country
"By believably conjuring a professional tennis prodigy who is―of all things―poetic, sensitive, and well-read, Douglas Brunt's Trophy Son takes us deeper inside the modern men's game than any nonfiction account could." – James Kaplan, author of Sinatra: The Chairman and co-author of You Cannot be Serious with John McEnroe
“Brunt’s reputation for conducting tireless research to create page-turning fiction is fully upheld here, along with narrative inventiveness… [and] a nuanced perspective.” – Booklist
"Tennis fans who want to explore the demands of the sport - not just the physical demands, but the mental, emotional, and social ones as well - will find much to love in Trophy Son." - Book Reporter
About the Author
Until 2011, Douglas Brunt was CEO of Authentium, Inc., an Internet security company. He is the author of two previous novels, the New York Times bestselling Ghosts of Manhattan and The Means. A Philadelphia native, he lives in New York with his wife and their three children.
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Anton`s relationship with his father sounded similar to a young Andre Agassi with his father Mike forcing him to become a tennis player. Did not feel like the author explored this piece of Anton's life (especially after the incident at Wimbledon when his father is thrown out of the stands). Anton's father fades away completely, while Anton's relationship with Ana become the key theme for the remainder of the book.
The book would have been more realistic if it depicted Anton as failing at tennis, completely broke, and in search of what to do next. That's the reality of most tennis players who are forced into being a professional. The majority don't make it and have permanent dysfunctional lives for like the next twenty years.
As Anton gets older and further in to the game. His dad/coach, hires an entire team to assist once he hits the big time. There is no turning back now. The question is, can he keep up the pace? And, can he do it on his own or will he turn to alternatives to maintain his stamina.
Read what happens as you get in to the mind of a player of this competitive sport that shows you it not only takes athletic prowess but the intellectual capacity to know what your opponent is thinking before he does.