Scott Gummer Parents Behaving Badly

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Parents Behaving Badly

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An uproarious, surprising, and poignant satire of American suburbia and youth sports gone wild.

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I vividly recall the moment I had the idea for this book: I was sitting in the bleachers watching a game at our neighborhood Little League park, and one of the players on our son's Majors team booted an easy ground ball--as a 12-year-old kid will sometimes do. As the other team scored a run I grumbled, "You've got to be f***ing kidding me" under my breath...or so I thought. A friend's kindergartener daughter sitting in front of me spun around pie-eyed--I was totally busted.

I was mortified. I have coached everything from boys T-ball to the high school varsity girls golf team that won back-to-back league championships, and I always maintained a positive perspective and balance as a coach. I vowed I would never become one of "those parents"...until the moment I realized I was one.

The silver lining is that in that moment I had an epiphany about the story of an earnest dad just trying to do right by the kids in spite of the shenanigans of overzealous parents and hyper-intense coaches who all too often suck the fun out of the game for the kids.

Bubbling beneath that storyline are subplots that examine the ways we connect with our parents, our children, and one another in a world made increasingly insular by technology, as well as differing perspectives of men and women on topics like fidelity.

To that, here's a provocative question: Did Ben cheat?

I would love to hear your take on that, as well as any other thoughts you care to share, and I invite you to e-mail me on scottgummer at gmail dot com.

And remember: it doesn't matter whether you win or lose, it's all about the kids.

Scott Gummer

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When Ben and Jili Holden must move from Manhattan with their three children back to their small hometown of Palace Valley, California, they are forced to reconcile the parents they've become with the dreams they had, the choices they've made, and a sex life much more down to earth than the epic Ferris wheel tryst of their youth. After reluctantly stepping up to lead his son's Little League team, Ben is challenged to finally come to terms with the long shadow of his father, a legendary high school baseball coach and mentor who is beloved by generations of players, yet largely a stranger to Ben.

At the heart of the story are the universal experiences and themes of family and community, as Ben and Jili struggle to connect with their technology-addicted children and grapple with issues of marital fidelity--both at home and in the hotbed of sexual tension that is the Little League park. Among an unforgettable cast are Del, an autocratic coach who issues his own Ten Commandments; Liza, Ben's unrequited high school crush; Logan, a smart-aleck ringer whose preteen talents are eclipsed only by his ego; and Cyn, the sultry thong-wearing team mom with the serpent tattoo.

Every mother and father of every boy and girl who have ever participated in youth sports can relate, and in Parents Behaving Badly Scott Gummer brilliantly skewers overzealous parents and lunatic coaches, giving the grown-ups who seek vicarious glory the send-up they so richly deserve.

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