In My Fatherâ€™s Fighter, Vincent Rosen, a 35-year-old Manhattan English teacher, inherits the management of a prize fighter from his father. The fighter is Mickey Davis, a white light-heavyweight contender with a doomed air, a reputation for dirty fighting, and plenty of neuroses and sexual obsessions. With his Ivy league education and bookish nature, Vincent does not share his fatherâ€™s passion for boxing, yet is slowly seduced by the fighting world. This is a comic tale that moves from the privileged Upper East Side to the down-and-out bars of Las Vegas.
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Ronald K. Fried is the author of Corner Men: Great Boxing Trainers, a 1991 New York Times "Notable Book of the Year," as well as the novel "Christmas in Paris 2002".From Publishers Weekly:
From the author of the well-received Corner Men: Great Boxing Trainers comes a light-footed tale about surviving in the gritty world of boxing. Vincent Rosen, a mild-mannered high school English teacher in New York City, is thrust into the brutal arena of boxing when his father, Solly, a prizefight manager, dies and bequeaths him the family business. Vincent is a fish out of water-while he compares boxing to brutal scenes from classic literature, everyone else talks about booze, sex and right hooks-but he decides to do his best for Mickey Davis, a crass, self-obsessed white boxer who was Solly's best prospect. Soon enough, Vincent finds himself setting up a marquee fight between Mickey and his notorious black rival, Josiah "Nightstick" Johnson, a fight that becomes more of a race war than a boxing match. From the Upper East Side of New York to the gritty streets of Las Vegas, Vincent must successfully handle bookies, reporters and promoters in order to catapult Mickey to the next level and keep his own life in order. Fried takes a refreshingly comical approach, giving visceral descriptions of combat in the ring but managing to avoid cliche. The ending could use a little more punch, but Fried's clever, well-developed characters help make this book a literary knockout.
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