Jewball by Neal Pollack

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1937. The gears of world war have begun to grind, but Inky Lautman, star point guard for the South Philadelphia Hebrew Association, America's greatest basketball team, is dealing with his own problems.

His coach has unwittingly incurred a massive gambling debt to the Bund, a group of American Nazis. His main basketball rival is self-righteously leading public protests against homegrown American fascism. And his girlfriend wants him to join a Jewish student organization that's all talk and no action. It's more than Inky can deliver. He just wants to play ball and occasionally beat people up for money.

When the Bund comes calling for what it’s owed, Inky has to make a stand for his ragtag bunch of teammates and the coach that got them into this mess. With the Bund closing in, Inky's game isn’t just basketball anymore. It becomes a battle that pits Jewish pride against Nazi fascism.

The tides of history are flowing against a guy like Inky. Can he make his free throws and still make it through the season alive? Get ready. This…is Jewball.


About Neal Pollack

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Neal Pollack is the author of the cult classic The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature, the novel Never Mind the Pollacks, and the memoirs Alternadad and Stretch: The Unlikely Making of a Yoga Dude. A graduate of Northwestern Universitys Medill School of Journalism, he is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Slate, Salon, GQ, Vanity Fair, and Maxim. He lives with his wife and son in Austin, Texas.
Published March 27, 2012 by Thomas & Mercer. 256 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Sports & Outdoors. Fiction

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Wire mesh fences or even cages were set up to protect the fans and sometimes the players from the fans, but rough play and collisions with the fencing could end the careers of the players.

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In my recent interview with writer Neal Pollack, he called his first novel Jewball “the book I’ve always dreamed of writing.” And for Pollack, a writer most known for satirical memoir, those dreams of an action-packed, historical fiction with noir undertones, featuring Nazi-fighting Jewish basket...

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