Love's Winning Plays: A Novel (Hardcover)

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Love's Winning Plays: A Novel (Hardcover)

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Ever wondered why college football coaches wear visors at night and always chew gum with their mouths open?


Though the Southeastern Conference football season is still months away, the fans’ obsession is year-round. So head coach Von Driver will take his motivational magic and his Isosceles Triangle of Success on a Pigskin Cavalcade to the small towns in the state. Raymond Love, a young coach unfamiliar with the banquet circuit of big-shot boosters and chat-room gurus, will go along as his wide-eyed errand boy.



Also on the trip is the athletic director’s daughter, whom Love has tried to win by joining her book club—a dubious strategy at best. The football aspects of the Cavalcade will prove child’s play compared to the literary hazards he faces.



Will Love master the art of coach-speak? Will he win the affection of the girl? Find out in this fist-bumping, high-fiving, all-out comedic blitz about the sublimely ridiculous world of college football.
Inman Majors teaches fiction writing at James Madison University. He is the author of Wonderdog, Swimming in Sky, and The Millionaires. He lives in Waynesboro, Virginia.
Product Details ISBN: 9780393062809
ISBN-10: 0393062805
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: August 27th, 2012
Pages: 256
Language: English
A sardonic, fun take on big-time college football, where booster money plays first-team offense.
— Kirkus Reviews

A book that explores the gamut of experiences behind the scenes of collegiate football. Best of all, it's a great read where loyalty still means something in our ‘money talks’ world.
— Jon Gruden, ESPN Monday Night Football Analyst

This rollicking, tongue-in-cheek sports novel from Majors makes for a breezy read worth a few chuckles while it gives a behind-the-scenes peek at the often greedy, arrogant titans who run college football. ...[A] funny, irreverent, and savvy sports novel.
— Publishers Weekly

Love's Winning Plays is one great big tailgate party.  Inman Majors is Roy Blount Jr. crossed with Dan Jenkins.

— Allen Barra, author of The Last Coach

A fast, fun book. Reads like a mixture of Dan Jenkins and Larry McMurtry.
— Barry Switzer, former coach of the University of Oklahoma and the Dallas Cowboys

Not since Lucky Jim has there been as lovable a hapless hero as Raymond Love. Lovable Love. In Inman Majors' romp through big-time college football, love is all fumbles, yet we cheer every play. What a smart, funny novel.
— Roger Rosenblatt

A rare football book for both the fanatic and non-worshiper alike. You'll meet those characters who populate every watering hole on the college circuit. Inman Majors' Coach Woody will have you chuckling out loud as Coach Love searches for his best play, yet. A superb read by a fine, young writer who understands football.
— Brent Musburger

I can’t remember the last time I laughed out loud this much reading a book.
— Metropulse

It is a gem of a comedic novel, so laugh-out loud funny that readers might not even notice that if also captures the essence of the sport with humanity and grace.
— Chapter 16

Majors’s wry and intelligent writing style pulls readers through the bizarre situations surrounding a major college football program… Strap yourself in—it’s a wild ride.
— Library Journal

(A)cidly hilarious... with both barrels, (Majors) lets loose on the venerable, holy SEC.
— Bookpage

The comedy, which ranges smoothly from broad to subtle, is nonstop... witty and razor-sharp throughout.
— Booklist

With a writer like Inman Majors, you’re in good hands, and you’re assured of an entertaining and thoughtful read. This book is the perfect way to prepare yourself for the new football season.
— Flagpole

Majors targets the ridiculousness of hype and hysteria over college football teams and is very funny doing it.
— Baton Rouge Advocate

(M)ajors zingers, like a ninja's throwing star, are quiet and deadly... When it comes to sports humor (Majors) is definitely Division I.
— Star News Online