“This wise novel explores the themes of sacrifice and maniacal parenting and alerts us to the cost of success. The lessons go well beyond sports.”
Observer (Full review >)

“Trophy Son is a fascinating look at what sporting professionals sacrifice in order to succeed and the uncomfortable truths about domineering parents, grueling schedules, physical suffering, emotional pain and moral compromises.”
Washington Post (Full review >)

“[Brunt is] a pro at making us care about Anton, and he burrows into his protagonist’s troubled head. He nails the dysfunctional parent-child relationship fans have seen play out on so many tennis courts…his novel zips along nicely, perfect for summer and tennis season.”
USA Today

“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.”

“Fascinating…a cautionary tale about our achievement obsessed society.”
Town & Country (Full review >)

“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.”

“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