The Longshot by Katie Kitamura
A Novel

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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.

About Katie Kitamura

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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.
Published July 23, 2009 by Free Press. 210 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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He waited fight after fight and then it hit him how long he’d been waiting.

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But for page after page, Kitamura gives one of the finest sports tales you will ever read.

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B– See all of this week’s reviews Originally posted Aug 26, 2009 Published in issue #1063 Sep 04, 2009 Order article reprints

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Summary: An uncompromising story of courage and redemption set in the brutal world of mixed martial arts fighting.

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It’s the perfect novel to ignite a spark in a certain type of young person’s mind, the type of book that can reach into your video-game-addled brain and shake and squish the fuck out of it until you realize that, “Hey, there’s something badass going on in this world Teach calls modern literature....

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