Where Dreams Die Hard by Carlton Stowers
A Small American Town and Its Six-Man Football Team

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Down Farm Road 308, an hour's drive south of Dallas, amidst sprawling fields of cotton lies a small community--Penelope, Texas (population 211). Here, where the only thriving businesses are the granary and the post office, unless you count the soft-drink machine in front of the fire station, two-time Edgar Award-winning writer Carlton Stowers discovered a special town that came together, not only to support their six-man highschool football team--the Penelope Wolverines--through thick and a lot of thin, but also, and more importantly, each other. Where Dreams Die Hard is a warm and revealing portrait of the American heartland--and of one small town's love affair with the team that unites it. "Through his unforgettable depiction of innocence, goodness, loyalty, and friendship...Carlton Stowers gives us a moving portrait of a community that, in the words of one of the Penelope faithful, is like 'stepping into a Norman Rockwell painting.'" (Billie Letts, author of Where the Heart Is) "High school football in Texas is both sport and religion, and Stowers brilliantly brings this to light in Where Dreams Die Hard." (Jim Dent, author of The Junction Boys)

About Carlton Stowers

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Carlton Stowershas twice won the Edgar Award for the year's Best Fact Crime Book, forCareless WhispersandTo the Last Breath. He has written forSports Illustrated,People, andTV Guide, among other publications. He lives in Texas.
Published April 30, 2009 by Da Capo Press. 224 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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They love their football in Texas—so much so that they find ways to play it without the regulation dozen-minus-one players on the field.

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In tiny Penelope, Texas, population 211, six-man football rules.

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