Reviews

“Trophy Son brings Conroy’s The Great Santini and Malamud’s The Natural into the present day, tackling our dangerous obsession with youth athletics and single-sport specialization. A terrific book.” – Harlan Coben

“Keenly observed and provocative… Trophy Son follows prodigy Anton Stratis from an isolated childhood of grueling practice under the eye of his overbearing father to his dramatic rise through the competitive world of professional tennis.” Sports Illustrated

“A Dickens-loving tennis prodigy finds himself the hero of his father’s plot in Douglas Brunt’s Trophy Son, which convincingly renders a pro-sports fishbowl peopled by drug-enhanced, endorsement-emblazoned warriors – and the attempts of one weary soldier to escape with his soul.” Vogue

“By believably conjuring a professional tennis prodigy who is ― of all things ― poetic, sensitive, and well-read, Douglas Brunt’s Trophy Son takes us deeper inside the modern men’s game than any nonfiction account could.” –James Kaplan, author of Sinatra: The Chairman and co-author of You Cannot be Serious with John McEnroe

“Brunt’s reputation for conducting tireless research to create page-turning fiction is fully upheld here, along with narrative inventiveness, as he offers a nuanced perspective on professional tennis and just how far a father can push his son.” Booklist