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A boxer who brings his legs with him comes to the ring with the strength and stamina to make it through every round of a tough fight. Darrell Spencer delivers fiction with just that kind of power. Bring Your Legs with You contains nine interconnected stories set in Las Vegas. Featuring various perspectives and narrators, they are filled with unforgettable characters, including Carl T. Plugg, a sharp-dressed, smooth-talking, non-hustling pool shark; Spinoza, the philosophical day laborer with “Department of Big Thoughts” lettered on the door of his pickup; Jacob, an arrogant lawyer who learns too late the dangers of swimming with the sharks; Gus, a man who has never seen his son fight despite his insatiable fascination with the sweet science; and Jane, a woman wary of her ex-husband, but still in love enough to share her bed with him. Above them all looms Tommy Rooke, retired prizefighter and self-employed roofer. Undefeated in the ring, Rooke walked away from boxing at the top of his game, to the confusion and consternation of his friends and family. As his father, former manager, and various other hangers-on encourage him to stage a comeback, Tommy moves through the gated communities and sun-blasted strip malls of Las Vegas, wrestling with personal choice, the caprices of fate, and the price the gods demand for our sins.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover, Front Matter
  2. pp. 1-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 8-11
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  1. Bring Your Legs with You
  2. pp. 1-21
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  1. The Sweet Science
  2. pp. 22-43
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  1. Death Care World Expo, Reno, Nevada
  2. pp. 44-60
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  1. How Would You Play This?
  2. pp. 61-77
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  1. No One Is Going to Ask You to Sing
  2. pp. 78-98
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  1. Five Times for Disorderly Conduct
  2. pp. 99-115
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  1. Until Liquor Is Made Legal
  2. pp. 116-137
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  1. You Missed Something Good with Hats
  2. pp. 138-158
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  1. The Blues Is about Mans and Womans
  2. pp. 159-176
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 177-178
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  1. Back Cover
  2. pp. 190-190
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780822978800
Related ISBN
9780822962489
MARC Record
OCLC
867792840
Pages
192
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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