The Longshot: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 11, 2009 - Fiction - 208 pages
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Cal and his trainer, Riley, are on their way to Mexico for a make-or-break rematch with legendary fighter Rivera. Four years ago, Cal became the only mixed martial arts fighter to take Rivera the distance -- but the fight nearly ended him. Only Riley, who has been at his side for the last ten years, knows how much that fight changed things for Cal. And only Riley really knows what's now at stake, for both of them.

Katie Kitamura's brilliant and stirring debut novel follows Cal and Riley through the three fraught days leading up to this momentous match, as each privately begins to doubt that Cal can win. As the tension builds toward the final electrifying scene, the looming fight becomes every challenge each of us has ever taken on, no matter how uncertain the outcome.

In hypnotic, pared-down prose, The Longshot offers a striking portrait of two men striving to stay true to themselves and each other in the only way they know how.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Down-on-his-luck fighter travels south of the border for the rematch of his life.In her debut novel, journalist Kitamura indulges her interest in the mechanics of the mixed martial arts world with a ... Read full review

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User Review  - alexann - LibraryThing

Kitamura's stark simple prose is the perfect medium for this story about professional fighting. (interestingly enough the type of fighting is never named, but apparently it's a mix of boxing, karate ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Katie Kitamura is based in New York. She has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times, Wired, and The Guardian, and is a regular contributor to Frieze.

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