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  • Published: 16 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9780241207284
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook

Thrown


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Thrown is Kerry Howley's knock-out debut and a unique journey into the world of Mixed Martial Arts fighting.


In this darkly funny work of literary reportage, narrated by an excitable, semi-fictionalized graduate student named Kit, a bookish young woman insinuates herself into the lives of two cage fighters - one a young prodigy, the other an aging journeyman. Kerry Howley follows these men for three years through the bloody world of mixed martial arts as they starve themselves, break bones, fail their families and form new ones in the quest to rise from remote Midwestern fairgrounds to packed Vegas arenas. With penetrating intelligence and wry humor, Howley exposes the profundities and absurdities of this American subculture.



'The most fascinating book I've read this year. The precision of Howley's prose reminds me of Joan Didion or David Foster Wallace' Time


'A poetic portrait of a bloody American subculture' O, The Oprah Magazine


'The fight book of our generation has landed . . . a fantastic debut' The Week


'Compulsively readable' The New York Times

Kerry Howley's essays, reviews, and reportage have appeared in Harper's, The New York Times Magazine,Slate,The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, Vice.com, and frequently in Bookforum. Her short story 'Pretty Citadel' was published in The Paris Review in Fall of 2011. She holds an MFA from the University of Iowa, where she was admitted as an Arts Fellow and subsequently served as the 2012 Provost's Visiting Writer in Nonfiction. Howley teaches creative writing at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she resides with a husband, son, and vizsla.
%%%Thrown is Kerry Howley's knock-out debut and a unique journey into the world of Mixed Martial Arts fighting.


In this darkly funny work of literary reportage, narrated by an excitable, semi-fictionalized graduate student named Kit, a bookish young woman insinuates herself into the lives of two cage fighters - one a young prodigy, the other an aging journeyman. Kerry Howley follows these men for three years through the bloody world of mixed martial arts as they starve themselves, break bones, fail their families and form new ones in the quest to rise from remote Midwestern fairgrounds to packed Vegas arenas. With penetrating intelligence and wry humor, Howley exposes the profundities and absurdities of this American subculture.



'The most fascinating book I've read this year. The precision of Howley's prose reminds me of Joan Didion or David Foster Wallace' Time


'A poetic portrait of a bloody American subculture' O, The Oprah Magazine


'The fight book of our generation has landed . . . a fantastic debut' The Week


'Compulsively readable' The New York Times
%%%Thrown is Kerry Howley's knock-out debut and a unique journey into the world of Mixed Martial Arts fighting.
In this darkly funny work of literary reportage, narrated by an excitable, semi-fictionalized graduate student named Kit, a bookish young woman insinuates herself into the lives of two cage fighters - one a young prodigy, the other an aging journeyman. Kerry Howley follows these men for three years through the bloody world of mixed martial arts as they starve themselves, break bones, fail their families and form new ones in the quest to rise from remote Midwestern fairgrounds to packed Vegas arenas. With penetrating int

  • Pub date: 16 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9780241207284
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook

Praise for Thrown

“Thrown does what all literature aspires to do - to bring us into a community, a universe, we did not know we cared about and in the end leave us shattered and revealed”


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