A Heisman Trophy winner, hero to his home town finds that life is not a piece of cake and his shortcomings has a drastic effect on those who are closest to him. More
In the recent past in Savannah, at and around a fictional university in the Southeastern Conference, narrator Guy Givens gets caught in a firestorm of scandals set by an activist black administrator, an eminent gay English professor, and a Heisman Trophy winner, Billy Gene Wells, Givens's best friend and teammate on the National Championship team of 1963. A further complication for Givens is that he has long been in love with Wells's wife. Just as MOBY DICK is about more than just whaling, so AFTER THE RUN is about more than just football. Foremost among its concerns are three highly volatile issues of enduring contemporaneity: one, the descent into criminality of pampered athletic standouts; two, the exploitation of physically gifted but academically inept athletes, especially black ones, by major colleges and universities: and three, the sexual abuse of subordinates by people of power and influence. Caveat: This novel is not at all discreet, let alone politically correct, in its fact-based depictions of certain generally hushed-up aspects of race and sexuality.
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