A provocative and timely new novel about the unlikely star of the Washington Redskins, female quarterback Jesse Smoke.
When Skip Granger, the assistant coach for the Washington Redskins, first sees Jesse Smoke, she is on the beach in Belize. And she has just thrown a regulation football a mile.
Granger knows that Smoke's talent is unprecedented for a woman, and nearly unparalleled among men. As Granger observes her throughout a season as quarterback for the Washington Divas of the Independent Women's Football League, he decides to sign her to the Redskins, even as he faces losing his job and credibility. As the first woman on a major NFL team, Jesse Smoke's astounding success places her in the tradition of athletes like Jackie Robinson and Joe Louis. Yet Smoke is quickly faced with her own battles, including the clamors of the press, the violence of her teammates, and the institutional resistance that seeks to keep football in the hands of men.
While a female quarterback in the NFL is a fantasy at the moment, Robert Bausch's genius as a writer makes it a highly engaging reality on the page. Fans of football--and readers who were just waiting for a player worth getting excited about--will relish Jesse Smoke's journey to the big leagues.
About the Author
Robert Bausch is the author of many works of fiction, most recently the novel Far as the Eye Can See. He was born in Georgia and raised around Washington, D.C., and received a B.A., M.A., and M.F.A. from George Mason University. He's been awarded the Fellowship of Southern Writers Hillsdale Award and the John Dos Passos Prize, both for sustained achievement in literature. He lives in Virginia.
An entertaining old-school western [in] the reluctant-hero tradition of Charles Portis (True Grit). -- The New York Times Book Review, Editor's Choice, on Far as the Eye Can See
A funny, intelligent, poignant novel that courageously explores the fundamental truths in all our lives. -- The New York Times Book Review on The Lives of Riley Chance
An experience so intimate ... that it almost blinds you with love. -- O, the Oprah Magazine on The Gypsy Man