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Works of Radical Imagination

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A basketball novel about a shy, big man and his triumphs and troubles on and off the court.

Sammy Wong, All-American tells the tale of a very talented Asian basketball player's rise and stumble in the all-American sport of basketball—among the most international of team sports, yet one where, until very recently, Asians were completely unrepresented. The novel unwinds in spectacular fashion. On his high school, college, and professional teams, Sammy isn't given much of a chance. Then when he does get into games, he turns out to be the kind of player who can turn a losing team into a winning one. Wong's career turns on chance opportunities and unexpected twists as much as on talent, persistence and hard work. There are great scenes describing pivotal plays on the hardwood floor as only Charley Rosen can. Like all Rosen's novels, this is about more than basketball. Sammy Wong, All-American is a book about identity in multi-ethnic American culture and the cost of innocence in the modern world.
A sports novel that delivers on multiple levels, it will delight basketball fans and fiction readers alike.

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“The game's foremost literary chronicler.”

“Mr. Rosen . . . skillfully induces the reader to join 'The Brotherhood of the Sacred Hoop.'”

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A native of the Bronx and longtime pal of basketball guru Phil Jackson, Charley Rosen led the league in technical fouls during each of his six years as a coach in the now-defunct Continental Basketball Association. Since then he has become the world’s foremost writer of fiction and nonfiction on the subject of basketball, chronicling the drama that takes place both on and off the court. His many novels include The House of Moses All-Stars, a New York Times Notable Book, and Sammy Wong: All-American. His non-fiction works include The Scandals of ’51: How the Gamblers Almost Killed College Basketball and More than a Game, co-written with Phil Jackson. Rosen is an analyst for hoopshype.com and a devotee of the Triangle Offense. He lives in Accord, NY.