In Get Back in the Game, Augusta attorney and prostate cancer survivor Terry Leiden, presents a fictionalized account of five men whose lives intersect after they are diagnosed with prostate cancer. Even though it seems at first the five cannot ultimately fulfill their dreams because of the cancers effect on their lives, in the end they experience not dying of, but living with, cancer with lots of humor and irreverence mixed in.
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Prostate cancer survivor Terry Leiden has been a practicing attorney for thirty-eight years. specializing in consumer bankruptcy law. He is also a player and coach on the Triumphs 65 softball team. He and his wife Sara live in Augusta, Ga., and have three grown sons--Zane, Yale and Eric. Get Back in the Game is his first major published work of fiction.Review:
AUGUSTA, GA. - In a wonderful debut novel, Augusta attorney Terry Leiden speaks to the never say die attitude in a humorous and heartwarming tale of life after prostate cancer and communal activity in the healing process. In Get Back in the Game: An Inspirational Story of Cancer Survivors, Leiden fictionalizes the lives of five men who lose everything upon diagnosis only to find strength and meaning with each other on the softball field. Terry Leiden is best known in the Augusta area for the numerous daytime commercials his law firm has run over the years, and he has been a practicing attorney focused on bankruptcy and consumer issues in the Augusta area since 1973. A survivor of prostate cancer himself, Leiden is a husband and father as well as a player and coach on the Triumphs 65 softball team. In his first work as a fictional writer, Leiden sticks to subject matter he knows well, and in so doing, provides a realistic portrayal of the frustration and struggles that come along with a cancer diagnosis. A practicing attorney for over three decades, he also manages to involve the law in a collection of court appearances and humor laced arrests of his main characters. By using familiar material, he provides a realistic backdrop to a fascinating story of connection and interaction among men from divergent backgrounds. With the common experience of prostate cancer as his tool, Leiden unites the lives of a construction worker, a schoolteacher, a corporate executive, an accountant, and an inner-city reverend. Within the framework of these distinct personalities, Leiden weaves a thread of perseverance in the face of horrid odds, and in so doing, fosters the bonds of communal experience within the covers of this work. Supplemented by a collection of hilarious, trouble-making, practical joke playing wives and the ins and outs of organized softball, the stories of these five men and other survivors who join the team along the way lead the reader on a fascinating journey through the turmoil of medical concerns into the blinding light of happy trails traveled with good friends and a pre-mixed margarita or two. Laced with comic episodes like a group of old men and women joining hands in a fornication prayer, Leiden s work brims with confidence and hilarity sure to please the tastes of a wide variety of readers. Available at major booksellers and on the online designations of chain stores, this work is a wonderful example of the joy that can be found at the end of a dark tunnel. With precise wording and wonderfully realistic characters, Leiden avoids the common pitfalls of the usual first novel, and provides a tale that will warm hearts, inspire chuckles, and provide a reason to hold on in the hardest of times. ----By J. Edward Sumerau, Metro Spirit--Issue #19.38:: 04/16/2008-04/22/2008
A great book, entertaining and easy to understand without a large number of characters to keep track of. Well written by first time author, Terry Leiden, who's both a prostate cancer survivor and a great softball player and coach. He has played tournament ball for 15 years. His prostate cancer was diagnosed in 1995. This book is a story about five survivors who play softball through various methods they are able to play the game they love. As a retired veterinarian and prostate cance survivor, I understand their problems. --James Wylie, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Player in Old South 65 Softball, All Star Player, All Tournament Player, World Team, All American Team
An upbeat cancer tale, by a prostate cancer survivor, that features jobs, friends, sports and political action in a honest light hearted way--without the truck of many cancer related books that feature causes and cures. A good yarn about good people facing tough times and, for the most part, prevailing. --Ed Daves, Professor of Mathematics Education, Univesity of Georgia, Player-manager senior softball national champion teams, prostate cancer survivor
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