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Thrown

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Imagine everything you’d expect from a book about mixed martial arts, about men fighting in a cage. Now forget all that. This strange and dazzling work of literary fiction is all surprises. Bored with the intellectual chatter of her academic conference, philosophy student Kit accidentally stumbles into Iowa’s Midwest Cage Championship. Watching two men grapple in the octagon, sweat and blood mixing, Kit comes alive.

Converted, she seeks out two fighters to follow, hoping to study the brilliant, authentic experience surrounding MMA fighting. Here’s the twist: While Kit is a fictional character, the two fighters she embeds with in the book, Sean and Erik, are very real. Sean, experienced and laid-back, seems to absorb injuries like calories. Sean’s opposite is chatterbox Erik, whose potential awaits him beyond his nest of Des Moines.

The story takes fictional Kit, an intellectual extremist, to peer at these men through an unexpected lens. She views MMA fighting with grace. She sees it as an ecstatic ritual. Through her, we see Erik and Sean as vulnerable humans, as obsessives, as spiritualists. Howley proves her ability as an author, writing in unapologetically verbose prose. Thrown is experimental, refreshing, and exhaustively smart, but still compulsively consumable.

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Author:
Kerry Howley
Star Count:
5/5
Format:
Trade
Page Count:
288 pages
Publisher:
Sarabande Books, Inc.
Publish Date:
2014-Oct-14
ISBN:
9781936747924
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Issue:
March 2015
Category:
Modern Literature
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Publication Date

2014-Oct-14

Format

Trade

Publisher

Sarabande Books, Inc.

Issue

March 2015

Page Count

288 pages

ASIN

1936747928

ISBN

9781936747924

Star Count

5

Book Author

Kerry Howley

“Thrown”

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