The Last Shot

Darcy Frey, Author Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) $19.95 (230p) ISBN 978-0-395-59770-5
Coney Island, Brooklyn, once New York City's playground, is now an archetypal ghetto, filled with high-rise housing projects and populated almost exclusively by African Americans. High schoolers there attend Abraham Lincoln High, known all around the East Coast for its outstanding basketball teams, where players see the sport as their way out of second-class citizenship. In his first book, Frey, a contributing editor at Harper's and the New York Times Magazine, has composed a sensitive account of a year in the lives of four exceptional players (three seniors and one freshman), their coach and their families, and he shows that the game can indeed be a means of escape in spite of their school's poor academic reputation. But the way out is fraught with difficulties. For instance, Frey offers devastating anecdotes about dishonest college recruiters and about the NCAA. This excellent book is not only about basketball but about realizing a dream, and its appeal should be very wide. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 08/29/1994
Release date: 09/01/1994
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 233 pages - 978-0-618-44671-1
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-7857-8063-2
Paperback - 240 pages - 978-0-684-81509-1
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