- Paperback: 313 pages
- Publisher: Uncorking a Story (November 22, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0997983914
- ISBN-13: 978-0997983913
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,269,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Winning Streak Paperback – November 22, 2016
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Michael Carlon is the author of Uncorking a Murder and Return to Casa Grande. He lives in Stamford, CT with his wife Nicole and their teenage triplets Grace, Patrick, and Maggie.
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With marked resemblance to the writings of Mitch Albom, Winning Streak has an emotional pull that enhances and deepens the even-toned development of the plot. The vulnerabilities of especially the lead characters are exposed at every turn, encouraging the readers to side with them against all obstacles that lie in their way. How they triumph over seemingly invincible odds is inspirational and profoundly moving. Clearly, Carlon has had to encounter many difficulties in his own life in order to be able to write like this. Small wonder that he hosts the Uncorking a Story podcast, which features in-depth interviews with fellow authors, as well as with ordinary people doing extraordinary things to transform society into a realm of interlinked beings that really care about one another in a deep and meaningful way.
The well-roundedness of Winning Streak comes partly from Carlon’s balanced acknowledgement that, despite the golfing world being of great interest to some, others regard the sport with scant respect, regarding the game as a waste of a good walk. In fact, walking and savoring the moment are two foci of the narrative that very much account for the comparatively slow pace of the text. Carlon, in a near-Buddhistic sense, clearly believes in being present in the moment. The immediacy of the pain and joy of his characters is all the more real and accessible due to the author’s intimate knowledge of the human psyche.
Apart from the fascinating insights that Winning Streak provides into the professional golfing circuit, there are deep notes of musicality that resonate throughout the text. An appreciation of music underlies the essential tempo of the work, with the lack of the physical presence of the deceased Madeline McMullen being far outweighed by her spiritual omnipresence as a major motivator of the movement that takes place in the book. The clarion call of the town of Chatham, Massachusetts, serves as a magnet to the lead characters, who are drawn there as though by an unseen force. Just as they are pulled towards the epicenter of this introspective microcosm, so, too, is the reader hypnotically compelled to face the central issues of loss and redemption in Winning Streak, which is so much more than a mere sports romance, with it, rather, being a sound reflection of the human spirit, in all its heartfelt subtleties and nuances.
Pro golfer, Patrick Evans is 29 and he's been able to win all four of golf's major championships in the same year - a feat that hasn't been achieved since 1930 by any other golfer. Hence, the nickname "Trick". He's at the height of his pro golfer career when his father dies suddenly. While he's the current superstar of golf, he walks away and retreats to his very private and secluded home in Chatham, Massachusetts.
Next is Casper Quinlan who started working with her father at his magazine, Fore!, to help bring it up into the 21st Century. Casper was involved in a car accident in her hometown nearly fifteen years ago that took her leg. While she's physically recovered from her injuries, but she's always been unable to maintain any kind of long term relationship because she thinks no one can ever really love her without a leg. Casper accepts the challenge of interviewing Trick Evans for her dad's magazine.
.....And then there's Robert McMullen. He is recently widowed and hasn't been back in Chatham for over 30 years after the death of his teenage daughter. He's back because of a promise he made his dying wife, but it may turn out he's there for a bigger purpose.
Winning Streak is a nice read, with well written characters sharing the story of how these three folks' lives intersect with the other and how each of them learns critical life lessons necessary for them to heal from the pain of the respective losses in their lives. The story provides readers insight on how to move on after a setback, how to forgive and how to start living again all using the setting of golf writing.
I was provided with a complimentary paperback copy of this book from Strategies PR in exchange for my review. I was not required to post a positive review and the book was provided for review consideration only, with no strings attached.