by Fredrick Barton
280 pages • $18.95 • ISBN: 9781608011018 • January 2014 • Add to Cart
A high school basketball coach finds himself in the middle of cultural warfare in this rollicking novel by prize-winning author Fredrick Barton. Raised by an outspoken single mother, Mac coaches women’s high school basketball in a New Orleans public school. When Mac encourages a star athlete, Barbara Jeanne Bordelon, to play on the boys’ basketball team, he incurs a flurry of public scrutiny that puts him in the path of radical feminists and evangelical Christians. Set in the 1970s to coincide with the Title IX ruling, Courting Pandemonium looks back on the landmark equal rights case with the singular mix of poignancy and absurdist humor Barton is known for.
“Exciting and surprising.”
—Los Angeles Times
“…a farce of the highest order, peopled with radical feminists, right-wing religious sects and kids who just want to play ball. Read it and giggle.”
“In this zany new novel with more twists that a centipede has legs, Barton keeps readers mesmerized until the final page and demonstrates once again his skill at depicting our crazy world.”
Award-winning writer and critic Fredrick Barton has authored four novels, a play in verse, and numerous short stories, essays, and reviews. He was a founder of the Creative Writing Workshop at the University of New Orleans where he served as Director for many years. He continues to teach in the program and live in New Orleans, LA.