Fat City by Leonard Gardner

Staff Pick

Beloved by Joan Didion and Denis Johnson, this 1969 novel is one of the best books about boxing, one of the best books about sport, and maybe just one of the best books, period. It follows two small-time boxers in their quest for glory: one is a vet with little to show for the punches he's taken, the other is a novice whose ambition is at odds with his skills. Their education in life's beatings takes place in an unforgettable dead-end milieu of rundown Stockton gyms and bars which have never known sunlight. It's powerful, poetic, unforgettable.

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By Leonard Gardner, Denis Johnson (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781590178928
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Published: NYRB Classics - September 8th, 2015