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Life on the Line: Football, Rage and Redemption (Paperback)

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It's late summer of 1965. School has just begun in Laurinburg, NC, and football season is right around the corner. Football is the secular religion in Laurinburg but the players seem to be atheists -- from High School down to grade school, the Fighting Scots are perennial also-rans. In Mrs. McClellan's eighth-grade homeroom, Bart Wagram sizes up potential teammates for the coming season. Bart has flunked eighth grade and - while his teammates from last year went on to high school - Bart must play with a whole bunch of kids who were in seventh grade last year. Most of them look like sissies from where Bart sits. Bart also flunked a grade in elementary school - learning disabilities were not easily identified in 1965. He is a fifteen year old man-boy up against the 12- and 13-year olds with whom he will be playing: thick, well-muscled, deep-voiced. He even has a hint of beard. Bart also has a preacher-father who is never home, parents who are divorced, a stepmother he hates, and a hole in his heart the size of California. Franklin Gibson sits on the same row of seats as Bart in homeroom - just a couple of seats in front of Bart. Franklin is a football player, too - of a sort anyhow. He played little league football as a kid, but in seventh grade he weighed too much to be on the team. Franklin played with the kids from the mill village last year, and he got his ask kicked every day. Franklin's Daddy is a banker and his Mama is a worrier. Between them, neither of them knows a thing about football. Franklin, too, has a hole in his heart. He's tired of all the cracks about his weight, tired of hearing about how he gets favored treatment because of his family, tired of constantly being under his Mama's thumb. He's tired of being afraid. And he is quickly growing tired of Bart Wagram's abuse. Throw Bart and Franklin onto the same team, then mix in the exhaustion of two-a-day practices in late summer. Stir in a dose of rivalry, a generous portion of surging testosterone and the chance for Laurinburg to go undefeated for the first time in a generation. Combine with vicious hits, foul mouths and more dirty plays than you can count and you've got Life on the Line: Football Rage and Redemption. This is a story about hatred and revenge. A tale of loss and longing. And - ultimately - a story about redemption and love and new beginnings. It's late summer of 1965. School has just begun in Laurinburg, NC, and football season is right around the corner. Football is the secular religion in Laurinburg but the players seem to be atheists -- from High School down to grade school, the Fighting Scots are perennial also-rans.

About the Author


Frank McNair, author of Life on the Line, grew up and played football in small-town southeastern North Carolina. Frank studied at the Duke Writer's Workshop, and Life on the Line is his first novel. He is working on a second book - this one about the life of Christian faith - entitled A Creeping Certainty. He graduated from the University of North Carolina, where he was a Morehead Scholar and an undistinguished student. After a brief stint in banking, Frank entered the MBA program at Wake Forest University, graduating in 1978. For a decade he held a range of sales and marketing positions in the corporate world. In 1988, Frank joined his wife, Laura, in her consulting and training business. They have been business partners in McNair & McNair for thirty years. Frank has written two non-fiction books for business readers: The Golden Rules for Managers and How You Make the Sale. Both are available online and wherever books are sold. Laura and Frank are active members of their church community where they teach, visit, and participate in mission trips. They live with their beloved chocolate lab, Buddy Brown, in a house overlooking the woods in Winston-Salem, NC.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780998809601
ISBN-10: 0998809608
Publisher: Bagpiper Press
Publication Date: May 18th, 2017
Pages: 256
Language: English