Train is a 18-year-old black caddy at an exclusive L.A. country club. He is a golf prodigy, but the year is 1953 and there is no such thing as a black golf prodigy. Nevertheless, Train draws the interest of Miller Packard, a gambler whose smiling, distracted air earned him the nickname "the Mile Away Man." Packard's easy manner hides a proclivity for violence, and he remains an enigma to Train even months later when they are winning high stakes matches against hustlers throughout the country. Packard is also drawn to Norah Still, a beautiful woman scared in a hideous crime, a woman who finds Packard's tendency toward violence both alluring and frightening. In the ensuing triangular relationship kindness is never far from cruelty.
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by Pete Dexter
by Dinaw Mengestu
by Dave Eggers
by Caryl Phillips
by John Edgar Wideman
by Preston L. Allen
by Pete Hamill
by Alexs Pate
by David Fulmer
"National Book Award Winner Pete Dexter has written a golf novel as violent as a car chase--as sad and syncopated as the blues. It's 1953, and Dion Graham lets his words drip with the Jim Crow despair of the times. The idiom is black. The caddy master is called Sweet, but he's not. The greens superintendent is called History as in "He's history." Miller Packard--white policeman, avid golfer--gets interested in the golf skills of a black caddy named Lionel Walk, Jr. (a.k.a.Train). Train plays white men on white courses and wins. Packard takes him under his wing, intrigued with the possibility of breaking the game's color line. But Train has a murder in his past. "The thing to remember about money," Packard tells his protŽgŽ, "is when you get enough of it together in one place, it smells bad." B.H.C. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine"
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