After twenty years. Middle of the night, guitar on the roof,
skates in the back, maybe two months' grace in the
At passing speed, squinting into the next few months, be hit
the city limits....
Here he was, Bonaduce back in town.
He is Bobby "Loose" Bonaduce: professional hockey player,
old-fashioned charmer, incorrigible rogue. After an athletic career
spent chasing -- and never quite catching -- stardom, Bobby is
facing the end of a long love affair with his own arrested
adolescence. With the chasm of retirement before him, he is
compelled to reach out to the family he abandoned years before,
fast-talking his way into the home of Leah, the wife he left
behind, and into a graduate seminar at the school where his son,
Jason, is an undergrad. With valiant, bullheaded grace, Bobby
wrestles with the earnest idiocies of academia, tilting desperately
at writing assignments that stubbornly elude him. Yet at the same
time -- unbeknownst to his family -- he is also struggling with an
insidious disease that threatens to rob him of the one thing that
has never let him down: his body.
Bobby's attempts to navigate the no-man's-land of his failed
marriage, to fashion a kind of rough bond with his son, and to
learn to trust the truths of his heart in place of the waning force
in his body -- The Good Body blends all these strains into
a funny, never sentimental, but deeply moving song, full of
discordant harmonies and unexpected resolutions. Rich with
poignancy and humor in equal measure, it marks a welcome American
debut for a writer of singular insight into the human spirit.