MVP by James Boice
A Novel

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Superstar Gilbert Marcus rapes and kills a young woman in a hotel room during the off-season. That's the prologue. MVP is Marcus's life story from conception to his act of incredible violence. Raised an only child -- the son of a difficult and demanding father -- Gilbert Marcus, a basketball player with extraordinary skill, is expected to be the greatest. His life is one of both excessive privilege and immutable obligation. He becomes a monster. James Boice is a startling and exciting new voice in fiction, and MVP is his ambitious and fascinating debut.

About James Boice

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James Boice was born in California in 1982, raised in northern Virginia, and currently lives near Boston. He was featured in the McSweeney's New Writers Issue in 2003. His work has also appeared in Fiction, Like Water Burning, and The Shore, among other publications. MVP is his first novel. An excerpt appeared in Esquire, which deemed him the "New Voice" and his work "A Story Unlike Anything You've Read Before."
Published May 8, 2007 by Scribner. 346 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Though Gilbert isn’t Kobe (there are traces of Tiger Woods and LeBron James mixed in), other characters are barely disguised stand-ins for Shaq and Michael Jordan, while one seems like a bad-boy amalgam of Allen Iverson, Dennis Rodman and Ron Artest.

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Basketball star Gilbert Marcus, the refined son of an ex-jock, enters the pros straight from high school, gets a rival teammate traded after three straight titles, and is accused of a violent crime while committing adultery.

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