Adam Berlin Both Members of the Club

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Both Members of the Club

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Billy Carlyle is a professional fighter starting to lose. His eyes cut too easily and his friends—Gabriel, an aspiring actor, and Sam, an artist preparing for her first gallery show—try to persuade Billy to leave the ring.

From the streets of Manhattan to the gyms of Paris, from struggling with hard pasts to harnessing the primal pull, Both Members of the Club is a story of friendship and ambition and violence set against the world of boxing, a place where bodies get tested and truths are exposed.

“This astonishingly personal and touching account of a trio of friends who have emerged from a parentless, family-less childhood to form a lifetime bond is reminiscent of the best of short fiction from the previous century. The narrator and narrative voice of the story is compelling and fascinating, and the two principal characters who round out this small circle are driven by such a power of love and mutual responsibility that it’s moving in almost every way. It’s a stunning story that resonates long after the last page is turned.”—Clay Reynolds

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ADAM BERLIN is the author of the novels Belmondo Style, which won the Publishing Triangle’s Ferro-Grumley award, and Headlock. His novel The Number of Missing is forthcoming from Spuyten Duyvil press. He teaches writing at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.

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Is it a boxing novel?  Or a love story?  More the latter, I think.  Either way, Adam Berlin's Both Members of the Club is fine and memorable work, a poignant reminder that lovers, like fighters, are inevitably educated in the ways of loss.
-Mark Kriegel,  author of The Good Son: The Life of Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini

The moment I finished Adam Berlin's novel Both Members of the Club, I at once understood what had been causing me to pause, reflect, and then read on--almost like stepping back during a fight and then charging forward again at your opponent.   It was the question that was there from start to finish, as it is for all of us every day of our lives--what do we fight for?  Like a powerful hook, this book surprises and shatters.
-Teddy Atlas, ESPN commentator and boxing trainer

An astonishingly personal and touching account of a trio of friends who have emerged from a parentless, family-less childhood to form a lifetime bond...Berlin displays and dramatizes the physical ordeal of training, of boxing, and offers it without romance, without ideal, but also without apology. It's a stunning story that resonates long after the last page is turned.
-Clay Reynolds, author of The Vigil and Franklin's Crossing

Berlin continues to explore the themes that fascinate him--redemption, violence, loyalty--and his readers will be fascinated in turn.  His lean prose and kinetic boxing scenes make for one hard-hitting novella.
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Berlin has written a first-rate novella about that which puts our backs to the ropes and knocks us and our illusions down and sometimes --out. Like Billy Carlyle, the best of us will go down swinging, but we're all headed in the same direction.  Here's to the losers, Berlin says without saying, bless us all.
-Springs Toledo, author of The Gods of War: Boxing Essays

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