Where Triples Go to Die
In irreverent, laugh-out-loud style, Where Triples Go to Die illuminates the messy intersection of sports, race, and romance in contemporary college life. Black superstar Juke Jackson and white counselor Malcolm Wade, each facing relationship crises at home, forge a bond at school as Wade guides Jackson’s quest to join the legion of African Americans who transformed our national pastime. An array of intervening campus issues–date rape, unplanned pregnancy, revenge porn, academic integrity violations, and the aftershocks of war among them–will keep even readers unfamiliar with The Infield Fly Rule turning the pages to find out what happens next.
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Where Triples Go To Die by Phil Hutcheon masterfully intertwines the lives of two men from different racial and socioeconomic backgrounds who are in different phases of life but are connected through their love of baseball. The humorous novel is filled with sex and scandal alongside the much more serious topics of suicide, alcoholism, and race. Julius “Juke” Jackson is on the verge of suicide after a terrible play in his final baseball game and his live-in girlfriend’s decision to move in with someone else. Malcolm Wade, the college counselor, happens to pass by at the right moment to find Jackson on the verge of a suicide attempt and talks him down. Wade, who has his own relationship issues, works tirelessly to help Jackson through his personal issues. The journey for the two men begins here. The quick-paced novel never loses momentum, as new characters and elements are added into the mix. Hutcheon’s writing style is down to earth, and he has a way of making the reader feel a connection with each of the characters and wonder what could possibly happen next. In addition to the everyday realities, Hutcheon also uses the book as a way to explore African Americans’ role in baseball, both past and present. Readers will also be impressed with the historical references and quotes throughout the novel. Hutcheon does not cease to engage the reader in this intelligent and well-written sports fiction novel” – Manhattan Book Review
“Phil Hutcheon is a terrific writer and he knows how to surprise readers with intense and dramatic turns in the story. The writing is impeccable and the dialogues are exceptional, plunging the reader into the worlds and the inner workings of the hearts of the key characters. Jackson is a well-explored character and his black background comes across vividly in this story. The conflict is introduced from the very beginning of the story and it intensifies rapidly with the quickening pace of the plot. Where Triples Go to Die unveils a sporting culture that readers will find exciting to explore, great characters, an intricate plot, and a quality of humor that is rare to find in books of this genre. I couldn’t put it down.” – Reader’s Favorite
“Where Triples Go to Die” by Phil Hutcheon illuminates the messy intersection of sports, race, and romance in contemporary college life. A deftly written and inherently compelling novel by an author with a genuine flair for crafting memorably irreverent characters embedded in a narrative driven story of humor and pathos from first page to last, “Where Triples Go to Die” will linger in the mind and memory of the reader long after the book itself has been finished and set back upon the shelf. Unreservedly recommended for community library Contemporary Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that “Where Triples Go to Die” is also available in a digital book format.” – Midwest Book Review