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Bucky F*cking Dent: A Novel
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The New York Times bestselling author David Duchovny is back with Bucky F*cking Dent, a singular tale that brims with the mirth, poignancy, and profound solitude of modern life.
Ted Fullilove, aka Mr. Peanut, is not like other Ivy League grads. He shares an apartment with Goldberg, his beloved battery-operated fish, sleeps on a bed littered with yellow legal pads penned with what he hopes will be the next great American Novel, and spends the waning days of the Carter administration at Yankee Stadium, waxing poetic while slinging peanuts to pay the rent.
When Ted hears the news that his estranged father, Marty, is dying of lung cancer, he immediately moves back into his childhood home, where a whirlwind of revelations ensues. The browbeating absentee father of Ted's youth tries to make up for lost time, but his health dips drastically whenever his beloved Red Sox lose. And so, with help from Mariana—the Nuyorican grief counselor with whom Ted promptly falls in love—and a crew of neighborhood old-timers, Ted orchestrates the illusion of a Boston winning streak, enabling Marty and the Red Sox to reverse the Curse of the Bambino and cruise their way to World Series victory. Well, sort of.
David Duchovny's richly drawn Bucky F*cking Dent explores the bonds between fathers and sons and the age-old rivalry between Yankee fans and the Fenway faithful, and grapples with our urgent need to persevere—and risk everything—in the name of love. Culminating in that fateful moment in October of '78 when the mighty Bucky Dent hit his way into baseball history with the unlikeliest of home runs, this tender, insightful, and hilarious novel demonstrates how life truly belongs to the losers, and that the long shots are the ones worth betting on.

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Ted Fullilove, aka Mr. Peanut, is not like other Ivy League grads. He shares an apartment with Goldberg, his beloved battery-operated fish, sleeps on a bed littered with yellow legal pads penned with what he hopes will be the next great American Novel, and spends the waning days of the Carter administration at Yankee Stadium, waxing poetic while slinging peanuts to pay the rent.
When Ted hears the news that his estranged father, Marty, is dying of lung cancer, he immediately moves back into his childhood home, where a whirlwind of revelations ensues. The browbeating absentee father of Ted's youth tries to make up for lost time, but his health dips drastically whenever his beloved Red Sox lose. And so, with help from Mariana—the Nuyorican grief counselor with whom Ted...

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Ted Fullilove, aka Mr. Peanut, is not like other Ivy League grads. He shares an apartment with Goldberg, his beloved battery-operated fish, sleeps on a bed littered with yellow legal pads penned with what he hopes will be the next great American Novel, and spends the waning days of the Carter administration at Yankee Stadium, waxing poetic while slinging peanuts to pay the rent.
When Ted hears the news that his estranged father, Marty, is dying of lung cancer, he immediately moves back into his childhood home, where a whirlwind of revelations ensues. The browbeating absentee father of Ted's youth tries to make up for lost time, but his health dips drastically whenever his beloved Red Sox lose. And so, with help from Mariana—the Nuyorican grief counselor with whom Ted promptly falls in love—and a crew of neighborhood old-timers, Ted orchestrates the illusion of a Boston winning streak, enabling Marty and the Red Sox to reverse the Curse of the Bambino and cruise their way to World Series victory. Well, sort of.
David Duchovny's richly drawn Bucky F*cking Dent explores the bonds between fathers and sons and the age-old rivalry between Yankee fans and the Fenway faithful, and grapples with our urgent need to persevere—and risk everything—in the name of love. Culminating in that fateful moment in October of '78 when the mighty Bucky Dent hit his way into baseball history with the unlikeliest of home runs, this tender, insightful, and hilarious novel demonstrates how life truly belongs to the losers, and that the long shots are the ones worth betting on.

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      • source: Don Oldenburg, USA Today
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        "Hilarious and deeply touching . . . Not a baseball book any more than Field of Dreams is a baseball book, this moving, beautiful novel resonates with laughter and tears throughout."

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      • source: Ken Kurson, NY Observer
      • content: "If it's annoying that Mr. Duchovny, who's already a phenomenally successful and painfully good-looking actor is also a funny and natural writer--his last book, the animal allegory Holy Cow, also earned high praise from skeptical critics--then at least give him some points for self-awareness. Like his character in Californication, Mr. Duchovny knows how he comes off and doesn't mind if you resent him. He just wants a fair shake."
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      • source: The Associated Press
      • content: "Duchovny has hit this one out of the park . . . he does a terrific job of blending quirky and emotional writing."
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      • source: Entertainment Weekly
      • content: "Duchovny finds the humor and poetry in life's lost causes."
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      • source: Micah Pollack, The Washington Post
      • content: "Duchovny's hilarious new novel hits a home run . . . As fast as it is entertaining . . . Duchovny has a place in the lineup, kind of like a light-hitting shortstop who shines in key moments."
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        February 1, 2016
        A frustrated young writer discovers a surprising redemption when he moves back in with his dying father. Duchovny (Holy Cow, 2015) follows up his whimsical debut with a far more substantive coming-of-age novel that started life over a decade ago as an unproduced screenplay centered on the infamous 1978 American League East tiebreaker between the Yankees and the Red Sox. Our introduction to this well-captured corner of Americana comes from Ted Fullilove, an Ivy League graduate who largely wastes his potential by smoking pot, tossing peanuts at Yankee Stadium, and puttering around with the Great American Novel. When Ted learns that his long-estranged father, Marty, is dying, he moves back in with the cantankerous old man. Marty is a throwback to another age, a former adman with a secretive past revealed when he asks his son to read the journals he wrote as a younger man. As Ted spends more time with his father, he develops a grudging respect for the profane Marty, whose belligerence belies a whip-smart mind and a deep love for the son he calls "Splinter." Ted even gets surprised by his own romanticism when he falls for Mariana, a caretaker who warns Ted, "Death is not a story; it can't be faked out. Death is real. You can't really keep your father safe." There's a comic angle here, too. Marty's health plummets whenever the Red Sox lose, so Ted mounts an ambitious campaign to fake a winning season with the help of Mariana and Marty's elderly buddies. A truly funny moment comes later when Ted introduces Marty to the merits of marijuana. Readers who enjoy the story told here would be well-served by seeking out Duchovny's 2004 directorial debut, House of D, which shares many of the same assets. Duchovny riffs heavily on familiar themes here but still deftly portrays bittersweet nostalgia without lapsing into saccharine theatricality. A sentimental, staccato love letter to baseball, fatherhood, and the passage of time.

        COPYRIGHT(2016) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        February 15, 2016
        Struggling as a novelist, making ends meet working as a peanut vendor at Yankee Stadium, Ted Fillilove is nearing the all-star break in the season of his life. Then he learns that his father, Marty, is dying of lung cancer, and at the urging of an especially attractive nurse, he moves back into the family home in Brooklyn. Father and son have been at odds for years; they don't even root for the same baseball team. When Ted notices that Marty rallies whenever his beloved Red Sox win, he enlists Marty's friends, old guys who hang around the magazine kiosk on the corner, to help him stage elaborate deceptions involving doctored newspapers, a VCR, and even simulated rainouts to make it look like the team is on a winning streak. The father-son reconciliation culminates in a road trip to Boston to attend the 1978 Yankee versus Red Sox playoff game. Duchovny's lively novel, replete with references to literature and popular music as well as baseball, treats its themes with wit and warmth.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2016, American Library Association.)

      • premium: True
      • source: Library Journal
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        November 1, 2015

        A quirky but heartfelt fable like his New York Times best-selling Holy Cow, this new work by Golden Globe Award-winning actor Duchovny features Carter administration-era Ivy Leaguer Ted Fullilove, who sells peanuts at Yankee Stadium while churning out multiple drafts of (he wishes) the Great American Novel. Then he tries to lift his dying father's spirits by creating the illusion that the Red Sox are on a winning streak.

        Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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