Shame  -     By: Greg Garrett
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David C. Cook / 2009 / Paperback

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John Tilden would rather relive his glory days as a high school basketball star than exist in the mundane present. A husband, father, and coach, he's dissatisfied with his life. Now his 20th reunion looms, and his ex-girlfriend is back. Will John stop moping about what might have been and appreciate what God has given him? 320 pages, softcover from Cook.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1434767523
ISBN-13: 9781434767523
Availability: In Stock

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Publisher's Weekly

Seven years after his acclaimed novel Free Bird, Garrett, a professor of English at Baylor University, returns to fiction with a family love story that starts as slow as the pace in the Oklahoma farming town where it’s set. The plot picks up steam when John Tilden unpacks his past in first-person narration. A class reunion and alumni basketball game planned in the small community churn up a midlife crisis for this married man with kids, stirring up his glory days of basketball and girls. The writing is titillating for Christian fiction but believable as the narrator fights the temptation of a former lover and recent divorcé (“The two of us in my truck flashed into my head, and it took a moment of mental wrestling to body slam it to the mat”). The book explores faithfulness in marriage and friendship through rich, believable characters. Punchy dialogue, particularly the funny exchanges between rancher father and newly vegetarian daughter, should bring knowing nods from parents of teens. Shame plows deep furrows in the heart—a slam dunk for Garrett. (May) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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    Age: 45-54
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    May 30, 2009
    Michelle Sutton
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Shame is the kind of book I like to sink my teeth into. I love novels with genuine thoughts and real characters. People who are flawed and aren't model citizens. People like me who don't always make the best decisions or choices, but they want to live their life in a way that is pleasing to God. Yet they still struggle. Shame is one of those books. Numerous times I found myself smiling as the author had his character thinking honest thoughts. I wanted to cheer for the author. Why? Because so many books portray people as "near-perfect" and who always choose the right thing. The marital issues in Shame are typical of many couples. The family problems are also not unusual. The insight the author had into both topics was incredible. He portrayed everything in such a believable manner. Also, the small town setting and the farm drew me in. I felt like I was involved in the same activities of the main character and his friends. The setting was very well done and it was easy for me to forget the present and delve between the pages of Shame. And like a good book is supposed to do, Shame brings the reader full circle when it comes to emotion. There are no unresolved issues, and yet everything doesn't always end up perfectly fixed. Just realistically wrapped up. I had a warm glow after finishing this story. It left me feeling inspired and I would highly recommend this story to anyone who loves to experience angst and drama in a book but only when it's done with realistic characters and emotions. Everything felt very natural and nothing was forced. Bravo!
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Greg Garrett
Located in: Austin, TX
Submitted: April 09, 2009

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I'm a writer, teacher, and preacher with two boys, one 11, one 23.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I had been trying to tell this story for years, and finally managed it. It's set in the small town my mother's family is from, and in a place I've known since I was a kid, although it's very different from my life today.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I want them to be drawn into the story and to love these characters.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  I loved writing a story full of genuinely good people. Even Philip, who is an ex-con, is a compassionate and generous person. It was nice to write about characters who might mess up their own lives, but who weren't evil or venal.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  For fiction, my influences are Flannery O'Connor, Walker Percy, Richard Ford, Bret Lott, Lee Smith, as well as the King James Bible and the Book of Common Prayer.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  This is my first published novel since Cycling in 2003; my first novel, Free Bird, came out in 2002, and was selected for several best first novel lists. I've been going to seminary and writing books of nonfiction in the past six years, but look forward to writing more fiction.

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