Comeback Season: How I Learned to Play the Game of Love

Cathy Day, Author . Free Press $24 (324p) ISBN 978-1-416-55710-4

While the premise of this memoir by novelist Day (The Circus in Winter ) is promising, the narrator comes across as self-absorbed and whiney; the story of a 30-something professional’s search for love in her new home of Pittsburgh, Pa., neither inspires nor consoles women in similar situations. Indiana native Day has a way with words and successfully incorporates quotes from classic sports movies and legends in her personal story. The parallel she draws between her beloved Indianapolis Colts football team’s comeback season and her attempt to win at the game of love—including imaginary postgame recaps of her relationships and the inspiration she draws from her team’s personal stories of hardship and triumph—is effective, if a bit contrived. Readers are witness to the play-by-play of her setbacks: failings of various dating services, the unfavorable demographics of Pittsburgh’s dating scene, her now seemingly irreversible choice of profession over family. Momentary reflections on the lives of her relatives and the role they play in her life are heartwarming, but so short-lived that they seem nearly accidental. Readers will walk away with a larger knowledge of the Colts’ 2006 season, but little else. (Feb.)

Reviewed on: 01/07/2008
Release date: 01/01/2008
Genre: Nonfiction
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