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TWO BASKETBALL NOVELS, ONE TALL AND ONE SMALL, PLAY THE SAME GAME
Jonathan Yardley
December 18, 1978
For reasons that are not difficult to pin down, basketball has been popping up in American fiction with increasing frequency. It is essentially an urban game, with rhythms that mirror those of an urban nation. Its interracial composition provides a made-to-order setting for stories about racial conflict and change. Its five-man team is large enough to embrace a diverse cast of characters, yet small enough to permit each of them to assert his own clear identity.
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December 18, 1978

Two Basketball Novels, One Tall And One Small, Play The Same Game

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Best Ride, on the other hand, demonstrates that basketball offers a legitimate and provocative setting for serious fiction. If it conforms to just about all the conventions of its young but growing genre, at least it does so with restraint, humor and compassion.

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