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The Good Body: A Novel

by Bill Gaston

Regan Books | January 15, 2001 | Hardcover

The Good Body: A Novel is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.

After twenty years. Middle of the night, guitar on the roof, skates in the back, maybe two months’ grace in the wallet....

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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 288 pages

Published: January 15, 2001

Publisher: Regan Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060394110

ISBN - 13: 9780060394110

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from truly Canadian novel I just finished reading this book, and I wonder why I had never read his work before. It is an amazingly insightful story, with some great turns of phrase. Several quotations I will be using in my next sociology textbook. There is more to it than you would think given that it is about a retired hockey player.
Date published: 2010-05-03

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The Good Body: A Novel

by Bill Gaston

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 288 pages

Published: January 15, 2001

Publisher: Regan Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060394110

ISBN - 13: 9780060394110

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After twenty years. Middle of the night, guitar on the roof, skates in the back, maybe two months’ grace in the wallet....

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.

Editorial Reviews

"Poignant and bittersweet...a testament to (Gaston’s) skill as a storyteller."
The Denver Post
"Told in finely calibrated prose...the novel, walks a fine line with certainty and grace...."
Publishers Weekly
“Well-wrought tale…marked by bursts of hilarity and keen insight.”
Booklist
“A winning, moving book filled with achy humanity and rueful, well-earned humor.”
Thomas McGuane, author of Nothing but Blue Skies and Ninety-Two in the Shade
"Unpredictable, harrowing and engrossing."
Jim Harrison, author of Legends of the Fall and The Road Home
"A heartbreaking, funny portrayal of a man who has left the rink but is still struggling to play the game."
The National Post (Canada)
"Gentle, humorous, absurd, beautiful, spiritual, dark, and sexy. He deserves to dwell in the company of Findley, Atwood, or Munro."
Toronto Globe and Mail
“Rich with humor and poignancy, The Good Body is Gaston’s entry to the big leagues.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer
" The Good Body is a witty, heartbreaking and unpredicatble tale, whose fictional charcaters seem to breathe on the page."
The Orlando Sentinel
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