Review: The Coach’s Son by Jeffrey Hickey

Posted: November 18, 2013 in New Adult, Reviews
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Author:  Jeffrey Hickey

Paperback, 275 pages

Published in 2012 by CreateSpace

Reader Category:  Adult

Synopsis:  Have you ever felt that your presence at a sporting event influenced the result?  Are you certain your team could not possibly succeed without you at the game?  Do you believe your adherence to a precise routine on game day, whether at the stadium or in your own home, is the key to winning and losing?  And if you don’t hold to these rituals exactly, do you believe in your heart that your team is doomed?

If you are a sports fan, you know about superstitions, curses and hexes.  The sporting world is littered with these legends.  Some, like the Curse of the Bambino, the Curse of they Billy Goat, or being on the cover of Sports Illustrated, are well known and documented.  More recently, there has been a rising swell of evidence supporting the Madden Curse.

There are other legends similar to these that have never been told.  This is one of those stories, about a boy named Mark O’Bern.

My Review:  Master storyteller Jeffrey Hickey does not disappoint.  Although Mark O’Bern is a completely fictional character, Mr. Hickey’s own father was head coach for the San Francisco 49ers as well as an assistant coach and then scouter for the Dallas Cowboys.  And yes, he did invent the shotgun formation.  But this story is so much more than football games and superstition.  It is the coming of age story of young Mark and his struggles to gain his own identity during the late 1960’s and 1970’s.  A protective, narrow-minded mother, Mark’s not always internal clash with the Catholic faith, and his grappling to understand the family “gift” make for great reading.  The humor infused here is truly delightful.

It may seem odd for a woman to like a male coming of age story, but it actually gave me a lot of insight into what men go through when puberty strikes, and I feel more educated for it.

A delight to read from beginning to end whether you are a sports fan or not.

Disclaimer:  I received this book from the author free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

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