- Tapa blanda: 184 páginas
- Editor: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (8 de mayo de 2013)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1484157680
- ISBN-13: 978-1484157688
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Football Games (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 8 may 2013
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Football Games tells the story of a gay American football player who is forced to choose between his love for his partner of 4 years and his successful NFL career. As Brenton Freeman struggles to keep his personal life private, his partner Jason has other desires. Jealousy raises its ugly head and tries to drive a wedge between the two putting Brenton’s career at risk. Will they be able to recover? Will Brenton come out of the closet?
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Michael Donovan is a lover of the written word, sociology and human behavior. He believes that ignorance can be eradicated one word at a time. He works full-time in the field of Human Resources while writing and teaching part-time. He is working on various writing projects. He is looking forward to releasing a historical novel about African Americans in Los Angeles. Michael holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business as well as a Master’s degree in Sociology.
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So chronological progress doesn't rid us of prejudice. It just waters it down, drip by drip.
Having said that, and with deference to DeMarco Majors, John Amaechi and Jason Collins, Michael Donovan's brisk and pulp-fiction-esque novel "Football Games," chronicling the outing of an NFL star may, in itself, be a little late to the game. But boy is it a fun read.
Handsome Brenton Freeman, a "6-foot 4, 245 pound African American with a medium chocolate complexion" is a celebrated wide receiver for the Los Angeles Buccaneers. To no one's knowledge (except his loyal and loving sister Erica) he's been in a four year relationship with Jason Hallohan, a model-handsome caterer, whose been desperately trying to convince the closeted footballer to come out. And this is the point of contention for these live-in lovers; Brenton passes Jason off as his cousin and Jason feels like simply a ghost in his man's life.
But there is so much more that haunts Brenton, so many gut-wrenching questions. Is he really afraid being open would hurt his career? Or is his career just an excuse for his real fear of being rejected and losing popularity? And what about his first love, Blake, back in college? Did his forcing Blake into the closet with him take a tragic toll? Did Brenton's fear of being discovered and abandoning Blake result in Blake's suicide? And did he not learn from his past mistakes?
He would soon find out a few answers as a web of jealousy, lies, cover-ups, and deceptions unravel.
Kyle Michaelson, an affable good old white boy from Texas, is Brenton's best friend and teammate. The two of them are like brothers. But unbeknownst to Kyle, his wife Caroline, a nuveau Hollywood House Wife via Trailer Park Trashville, secretly plots with her dufus brother Davis to bring down the superstar so that her husband can ascend to the superstar status and the bigger money she longs for.
Carol had always thought the relationship between Brenton and his `cousin' Jason was suspect--he was always at all of Brenton's games, she had on more than a few occasions, caught the longing glances they shared, and due diligence on the internet revealed Brenton's parents were both an only child.
Her plot to expose Brenton's secret works almost too well, and though it has its desired affects, modern sensibilities prevail, almost dragging a kicking and screaming Brenton into a new sense of consciousness.
And although Brenton eventually comes into his own, he's clocking zero on the relationship board. The suicide of Blake, the tumultuousness of his relationship with Jason, a cursory mention of a new relationship at the end of the book, that seems as insignificant as its mention, make our poor, lovable, smart-dumb jock a real romantic Neanderthal. Sometimes I wanted to just grab him and shake the s*** out of him. Sometimes I just wanted to hug him. But I must say, I did care for the big lug, and he does finally see the light. Some of his final speeches are quite moving.
Michael Donovan writes with a fast pace, and never bores, and though some of his characters can be a tad bit cartoonish, it's forgivable, for they colorize with great melodrama the very serious subject of coming to terms with loving yourself. This is a great book for any gay person afraid of his or her own truth, and for that alone, the author does a great service.