FINALIST, the 2018 International Latino Book Award for First Fiction.
SELECTED, the Las Comadres Latino National Book Club Summer Reading List.
“One of the Top Ten Fiction Books for 2017” (The Latino Author)
“The Great American soccer novel!” (George Quraishi, Howler Magazine)
“Turner’s…expert knowledge of [soccer] is evident throughout, and it gives the story a near-journalistic authenticity. Sometimes the prose is strikingly evocative. The novel as a whole…is richly drawn-a moving bildungsroman and a thoughtful reflection on what it means to lack a settled sense of self.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Scintillating…sends the reader through a whirlwind of emotions. Turner twists the plot and stories marvelously.” (Dr. Manuel Flores, USA Today)
“One of my favorite reads of 2017!” (Daniel Pena, Pushcart Prize-winning author of Bang!)
“The [novel] is often funny…Turner’s deceptively simple prose is often sly, and he is skilled at dialogue…Texas, particularly the [R.G.V.] come alive.” (Michelle Newby, Lone Star Literary Life)
“Interesting. Nuanced. Turner scratches at…the slippery meanings that are lost and found when translating English to Spanish and back again.” (Dave Marple, The Football Pink)
“A…highlight…is Turner’s strong grasp of the Texan locale, with forays to California and Mexico. The bursts of untranslated Spanish add texture.” (Rob Langham, The Two Unfortunates)
“[It’s] one of the best soccer-related books I’ve had the pleasure of reading. It really captures the minority experience of growing up in the U.S.” (Maxi Rodriguez)
“A solid debut. The authenticity of the language and experiences on the page…ring[s] true.” (Naz Hernandez, ReadDiverseBooks.com)
“[A] celebration of dreams, soccer and friendship.” (Resh Susan, The Book Satchel)
Please strongly consider getting a copy (in person or at their online stores) from a Texas indie such as Galveston Bookshop, Brazos, BookPeople, The Twig, and Paragraphs on Padre.
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