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Rules for Becoming a Legend - A Novel

Timothy S. Lane

A spirited debut of a rising basketball star wrestling with his town's outsized expectations and his family's complicated legacy Everyone seems to know Jimmy "Kamikaze" Kirkus, the half-white, half-Asian basketball sensation from small town Oregon. College coaches flood his mailbox with recruiting letters, Sports Illustrated has already profiled him, and everyone in town hangs on his every shot. But nobody can possibly fathom the weight of all this upon Jimmy's shoulders, or the looming legacy that casts a wide shadow. Todd "Freight Train" Kirkus seemed destined for the NBA until he impregnates Genny Mori, the tough yet fragile daughter of the only Japanese family in town. Dreams of stardom and riches are traded in for a hasty marriage and parenthood until tragedy slams the Kirkus family. Jimmy and his wisecracking little brother Dex are born into a broken family, one haunted by wasted talent, alcoholism, and death. Like Chad Harbach's The Art of Fielding and Friday Night Lights (the book and cult television show), Timothy Lane's debut novel uses sports as a lens to understand family, community, catastrophe, passion, and hope. Populated with complex characters, Rules for Becoming a Legend is deftly written by an author who understands basketball as well as he understands the human condition.

A spirited debut of a rising basketball star wrestling with his town's outsized expectations and his family's complicated legacy Everyone seems to know Jimmy "Kamikaze" Kirkus, the half-white, half-Asian basketball sensation from small town Oregon. College coaches flood his mailbox with recruiting letters, Sports Illustrated has already profiled him, and everyone in town hangs on his every shot. But nobody can possibly fathom the weight of all this upon Jimmy's shoulders, or the looming legacy that casts a wide shadow. Todd "Freight Train" Kirkus seemed destined for the NBA until he impregnates Genny Mori, the tough yet fragile daughter of the only Japanese family in town. Dreams of stardom and riches are traded in for a hasty marriage and parenthood until tragedy slams the Kirkus family. Jimmy and his wisecracking little brother Dex are born into a broken family, one haunted by wasted talent, alcoholism, and death. Like Chad Harbach's The Art of Fielding and Friday Night Lights (the book and cult television show), Timothy Lane's debut novel uses sports as a lens to understand family, community, catastrophe, passion, and hope. Populated with complex characters, Rules for Becoming a Legend is deftly written by an author who understands basketball as well as he understands the human condition.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

A spirited debut of a rising basketball star wrestling with his town's outsized expectations and his family's complicated legacy Everyone seems to know Jimmy "Kamikaze" Kirkus, the half-white, half-Asian basketball sensation from small town Oregon. College coaches flood his mailbox with recruiting letters, Sports Illustrated has already profiled him, and everyone in town hangs on his every shot. But nobody can possibly fathom the weight of all this upon Jimmy's shoulders, or the looming legacy that casts a wide shadow. Todd "Freight Train" Kirkus seemed destined for the NBA until he impregnates Genny Mori, the tough yet fragile daughter of the only Japanese family in town. Dreams of stardom and riches are traded in for a hasty marriage and parenthood until tragedy slams the Kirkus family. Jimmy and his wisecracking little brother Dex are born into a broken family, one haunted by wasted talent, alcoholism, and death. Like Chad Harbach's The Art of Fielding and Friday Night Lights (the book and cult television show), Timothy Lane's debut novel uses sports as a lens to understand family, community, catastrophe, passion, and hope. Populated with complex characters, Rules for Becoming a Legend is deftly written by an author who understands basketball as well as he understands the human condition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Bryan Langlitz

Length:

9h 57m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

10:01


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

42:05


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

31:01


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

18:13


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

32:03


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

41:38


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

19:27


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

23:03


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

17:01


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

24:43


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

21:54


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

39:01


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

16:00


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

12:33


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

19:19


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

33:15


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

23:25


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

25:17


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

15:26


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

29:38


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

14:59


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

41:23


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

16:21


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:51


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:35


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

10:32


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:29