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Buddy Cooper Finds a Way

Neil O'Boyle Connelly

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ISBN 10: 0743274164 / ISBN 13: 9780743274166
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304 pages. Dimensions: 9.0in. x 6.0in. x 0.8in.When you lose for a living, its pretty hard to fail. Once, like all of us, Buddy dreamt of success. He and his wife, Alix, had just bought a new place, not too far from the beach. Their daughter, Brook, was out of the hospital. And the fans were cheering him on as the Invincible Man, one of the rising stars of the Southeastern Wrestling Confederacy. Then everything fell apart. An argument over Monday Night Football somehow crossed the line, Alix kicked him out, and Buddy moved in to the Motel 6. After that, winning just didnt seem right, so he traded in his golden cape for a latex mask and became one of the anonymous losers that fans love to hate. Every few weeks, hed get a new mask, rechristen himself, and step into the ring to get beat all over again -- as the Grave Digger or the Widow Maker, the Deadbeat Dad or the Unknown Kentucky Terror. In the four years since the divorce, his record is 0-186, but thats okay by Buddy. Free of mad notions like happiness and success, he pops pink pills to control his rage and copes with his insomnia by watching John Wayne westerns and QVC. He has his job, his apartment, his truck, his once-a-week visits with Brook. Life as a failure isnt that bad, or so hes convinced himself. But now in an effort to boost pay-per-view ratings, Buddys boss threatens a shake-up. As part of the plan, Buddy will have to end his safe days as a professional loser. Hes actually slated to win a match. What hell learn, though, is that like all new scripts, this one comes with its own cast and complications: a phone psychic living in fear, an alien-abductee with the secret to salvation, a championship match interrupted by a violent fanatic, what could be faith healings, and perhaps the most unlikely miracle of all -- a second chance to believe. A touching and wonderfully unpredictable literary debut about a professional loser whos forced into a rematch with life, Buddy Cooper Finds a Way announces the arrival of a fresh and original voice in American fiction. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780743274166

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Title: Buddy Cooper Finds a Way

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

Book Type: Paperback

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When you lose for a living, it's pretty hard to fail.

Once, like all of us, Buddy dreamt of success. He and his wife, Alix, had just bought a new place, not too far from the beach. Their daughter, Brook, was out of the hospital. And the fans were cheering him on as the Invincible Man, one of the rising stars of the Southeastern Wrestling Confederacy.

Then everything fell apart. An argument over Monday Night Football somehow crossed the line, Alix kicked him out, and Buddy moved in to the Motel 6. After that, winning just didn't seem right, so he traded in his golden cape for a latex mask and became one of the anonymous losers that fans love to hate. Every few weeks, he'd get a new mask, rechristen himself, and step into the ring to get beat all over again -- as the Grave Digger or the Widow Maker, the Deadbeat Dad or the Unknown Kentucky Terror. In the four years since the divorce, his record is 0-186, but that's okay by Buddy.

Free of mad notions like happiness and success, he pops pink pills to control his rage and copes with his insomnia by watching John Wayne westerns and QVC. He has his job, his apartment, his truck, his once-a-week visits with Brook. Life as a failure isn't that bad, or so he's convinced himself.

But now in an effort to boost pay-per-view ratings, Buddy's boss threatens a shake-up. As part of the plan, Buddy will have to end his safe days as a professional loser. He's actually slated to win a match. What he'll learn, though, is that like all new scripts, this one comes with its own cast and complications: a phone psychic living in fear, an alien-abductee with the secret to salvation, a championship match interrupted by a violent fanatic, what could be faith healings, and perhaps the most unlikely miracle of all -- a second chance to believe.

A touching and wonderfully unpredictable literary debut about a professional loser who's forced into a rematch with life, Buddy Cooper Finds a Way announces the arrival of a fresh and original voice in American fiction.

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Advance Praise for BUDDY COOPER FINDS A WAY

"Neil Connelly's pitch-perfect novel is an entertaining, thought-provoking exploration of one man's determination to adhere to his own home-grown recipe for failure even as Providence grants him a final chance at success. Connelly is a wordsmith with a satirist's dead-on aim and a humanist's all-encompassing vision; in short, he's a writer deserving of our admiration, respect, and most of all, awe."
—ZZ Packer, author of DRINKING COFFEE ELSEWHERE

"BUDDY COOPER FINDS A WAY is literary fresh air, a touching, comedic look at a professional loser we can root for. The prose is expertly executed and tight, at turns showing inventive and ambitious plotting, as well as poetic, beautifully paced language. This one’s a winner."
—Tim Gautreaux, author of THE CLEARING

"Prepare yourself for a rocket ship of a ride, fueled by brilliance and vision, through BUDDY COOPER FINDS A WAY. Neil Connelly’s characters walk the same streets as us, yet they see the subliminal and sublime, and in every detail, no matter how funny or fiercely imagined, is the secret script of the human heart. How can a book be both startlingly new and timelessly wise? You’ll find out when you turn the last page of this grand debut, and suddenly feel like it’s always been with you."
—Adam Johnson, author of PARASITES LIKE US

"Neil Connelly bravely tackles, in adult terms, the abiding cartoon world we live in, full of action figures and superheroes, mayhem and majesty. This book is funny—funny ha-ha and funny strange, funny fantastic and funny profound."
—Antonya Nelson, author of FEMALE TROUBLE

"Neil Connelly brilliantly mixes the comic and the serious, the real and the surreal—and he does so while still creating richly believable and sympathetic characters. BUDDY COOPER FINDS A WAY clearly establishes Connelly as one of our finest young writers."
—Robert Olen Butler, author of A GOOD SCENT FROM A STRANGE MOUNTAIN

"This is that lyric and antic thing that has one part over the line and one part over the top and just when you think you’ve figured it out as a high-octane amusement, Neil Connelly deals in the other part, Buddy Coopers big, rueful heart, and the novel opens into a true thing. Buddy Cooper is looking for a sign. His search is dear pleasure."
—Ron Carlson, author of A KIND OF FLYING

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