The breakers

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Glenn Lester (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Craig Nova

Abstract: In this novel excerpt, police officer Dick Burnside braves the windswept shores of family, class, race, love, sports, and violence in the beachside town of Lake Bluff, Michigan. After his son shows a penchant for throwing the football, Dick Burnside attempts to ingratiate himself and his son into the local football culture. But his son doesn't want to be pummeled on the gridiron for his father's benefit, and Burnside cannot overcome his reputation as a weak-willed yet down-and-dirty cop. Meanwhile, a drug-addled criminal from the poorer side of town undoes all of Burnside's hard work keeping the peace. And a talented young quarterback, poor and black in a rich white town, begins to overshadow Burnside's son on the playing field and in Burnside's life. In the chapters that will follow this excerpt, star quarterback Andre Washington falls in with a rough crowd and tries to keep Burnside from saving him. And Lindsay VanderMash, an idealistic young librarian, tries to promote understanding and goodwill among blacks and whites but fails, bringing about a more sinister type of segregation. The Breakers examines the failures of idealism and justice while exploring the human bonds formed when individuals decide to care about each other, and to set themselves against the surging waters of institutions, authority, and society.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2009
Novel, Fiction
Fathers and sons $x Fiction.
Police $x Fiction.
Football $x Fiction.
Racism $x Fiction.
Michigan $x Fiction.

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