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Rules for Becoming a Legend

By Timothy S Lane

A spirited debut of a rising basketball star wrestling with his town’s outsized expectations and his family’s complicated legacy



Jimmy “Kamikaze” Kirkus is a basketball star, destined for a legendary future in the NBA. At the age of five, he can make nine shots in a row. By high school, he’s got his own Sports Illustrated profile. To the citizens of Columbia City, it seems like he was born for the sport.



But Jimmy soon confronts the “Kirkus curse” when tragedies begin to emerge. Not even basketball can save him from his family’s sorrow-filled past..

His eventual defeat on the court echoes another disastrous legacy: Jimmy’s father, Todd “Freight Train” Kirkus—who had also dreamed of basketball stardom—was forced to give up his dream for a life defined by the curse of his name. Can Jimmy find a way to end this cycle of tragedy?



Like Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding and Friday Night Lights (the book and cult television show), Timothy Lane’s debut novel uses the lens of basketball to understand family, community, and—ultimately—hope. Populated with complex, compelling characters, Rules for Becoming a Legend is proof that every hero is human, and sometimes triumph is borne from tragedy.

Format

Book

Publish Date

2014

ISBN

9780670014880


Format: Book
Author: Lane, Timothy S
Summary: "A spirited debut of a rising basketball star wrestling with his town's outsized expectations and his family's complicated legacy Jimmy "Kamikaze" Kirkus is a basketball star, destined for a legendary future in the NBA. At the age of five, he can make nine shots in a row. By high school, he's got his own Sports Illustrated profile. To the citizens of Columbia City, it seems like he was born for the sport. But Jimmy soon confronts the "Kirkus curse" when tragedies begin to emerge. Not even basketball can save him from his family's sorrow-filled past.. His eventual defeat on the court echoes another disastrous legacy: Jimmy's father, Todd "Freight Train" Kirkus-who had also dreamed of basketball stardom-was forced to give up his dream for a life defined by the curse of his name. Can Jimmy find a way to end this cycle of tragedy? Like Chad Harbach's The Art of Fielding and Friday Night Lights (the book and cult television show), Timothy Lane's debut novel uses the lens of basketball to understand family, community, and-ultimately-hope. Populated with complex, compelling characters, Rules for Becoming a Legend is proof that every hero is human, and sometimes triumph is borne from tragedy"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: Rules for becoming a legend / Timothy S. Lane.
Publisher Date: New York, New York : Viking, 2014.
Subject: Basketball players -- Fiction. Gifted boys -- Fiction. Life change events -- Fiction. Family life -- Fiction.
Isbn: 9780670014880 (hardback)
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Call Number: F Lane
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Format: Book
Author: Lane, Timothy S.
Summary: "A spirited debut of a rising basketball star wrestling with his town's outsized expectations and his family's complicated legacy Jimmy "Kamikaze" Kirkus is a basketball star, destined for a legendary future in the NBA. At the age of five, he can make nine shots in a row. By high school, he's got his own Sports Illustrated profile. To the citizens of Columbia City, it seems like he was born for the sport. But Jimmy soon confronts the "Kirkus curse" when tragedies begin to emerge. Not even basketball can save him from his family's sorrow-filled past.. His eventual defeat on the court echoes another disastrous legacy: Jimmy's father, Todd "Freight Train" Kirkus-who had also dreamed of basketball stardom-was forced to give up his dream for a life defined by the curse of his name. Can Jimmy find a way to end this cycle of tragedy? Like Chad Harbach's The Art of Fielding and Friday Night Lights (the book and cult television show), Timothy Lane's debut novel uses the lens of basketball to understand family, community, and-ultimately-hope. Populated with complex, compelling characters, Rules for Becoming a Legend is proof that every hero is human, and sometimes triumph is borne from tragedy"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: Rules for becoming a legend / Timothy S. Lane.
Publisher, Date: New York, New York : Viking, 2014.
Description: 340 pages ; 24 cm
Subjects: Basketball players -- Fiction.
Subjects: Gifted boys -- Fiction.
Subjects: Life change events -- Fiction.
Subjects: Family life -- Fiction.
Genre: Sports stories.
LCCN: 2013036974
ISBN: 9780670014880 (hardback)
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Available Copies: 2
Total Copies: 2
Call Number: F Lane