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'Bucky F*cking Dent' by David Duchovny: EW review

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Bucky F*cking Dent: A Novel

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
3768
publisher:
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
genre:
Novel

We gave it a B

For Red Sox fans, the 1978 baseball season is a tragedy, punctuated by the Yankee shortstop’s soul-crushing home run. To brighten things up, Duchovny sprinkles in some lung cancer. Ted is a Yankee Stadium peanut vendor who moves in with his dad, Marty, a Sox diehard fighting off cancer long enough to see his cursed team finally best their hated rivals. Though tragedy lurks on several levels, Duchovny finds the humor and poetry in life’s lost causes. The actor originally envisioned the novel as a screenplay, and there are characters—like Ted’s romantic interest—and twists that belong only in the movies. Still, Duchovny proves himself in flashback passages that expose the hearts and fears of little boys and grown men—and how each molds the other. B

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