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By Kevin Barry

A searing, surreal novel that bleeds fable and reality--and Beatles fandom--from one in every of literature's such a lot impressive modern voices, writer of the foreign sensation City of Bohane.

it's 1978, and John Lennon has escaped long island urban to aim to discover the island off the west coast of eire he got 9 years past. forsaking domesticity, his impending forties, his lack of ability to create, and his stories of his mom and dad, he units off to discover calm within the cozy silence of isolation. but if he places himself within the palms of a shape-shifting driving force filled with Irish attraction and darkish whimsy, what ensues can merely be termed a paranormal secret tour.

Beatlebone is a tour de force of language and literary mind's eye that marries the main unbelievable aspect to the main amazing impact.

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2006 From January through March, the A&E TV network broadcasts Rollergirls, a reality series focusing on the Austin, Texas, Lonestar Rollergirls Roller Derby league. By August there are more than 135 women’s Derby leagues in the United States. 2009 Drew Barrymore directs and stars in the feature film Whip It, about a present-day Texas misfit who finds meaning in her life through Roller Derby. 2011 Team USA survives a field of thirteen to win the first Roller Derby World Cup. 2012 The International Olympic Committee announces that Roller Derby is one of eight new sports they are considering for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

This beautiful volume, full of photographs and artifacts, is jam-packed with anecdotes about the Derby and its stars. The author, an admitted fan, worked for Derby guru Jerry Seltzer for a decade. S O U R CE N O TE S Acknowledgments Page 6 “close to five thousand people . . the newest game in town”: “New York Rollers Win, 13-11,” New York Times, December 6, 1948. 9 “More than three thousand fans . . were sold”: “Skating,” by Bill Love, New York Journal-American, December 7, 1948. 28 “79 percent .

Her advice and encouragement always kept me on track. ) Furthermore, I greatly appreciate the insights on Toughie and Gerry shared by Gary Powers of the National Roller Derby Hall of Fame. I was thrilled to attend the hall’s 2012 induction ceremony and oldtimers’ game, where I sat in the front row and watched veteran stars hit the track and flip over the railing right before my very eyes. Apparently, age is not an impediment when the Derby is in your blood. And finally, thanks to Matt Collins for capturing all the energy and personality of the early Roller Derby skaters in the wonderful illustrations that grace this book.

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