by Kerry Howley


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In this darkly funny work of literary nonfiction, a bookish young woman insinuates herself into the lives of two cage fighters—one a young prodigy, the other an aging journeyman. Acclaimed essayist Kerry Howley follows these men for three years through the bloody world of mixed martial arts as they starve themselves, break bones, fail their families and form new ones in the quest to rise from remote Midwestern fairgrounds to packed Vegas arenas. With penetrating intelligence and wry humor, Howley exposes the profundities and absurdities of this American subculture.

Kerry Howley 's work has appeared in The Paris Review , New York Times Magazine , the Atlantic , Wall Street Journal , Slate , and frequently in Bookforum. She holds an MFA from the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program.

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ISBN-13: 9781936747924
Publisher: Sarabande Books
Publication date: 10/14/2014
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 780,735
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Kerry Howley: Kerry Howley's work has appeared in The Paris Review, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, The Wall Street Journal, Slate , and frequently in Bookforum. She holds an MFA from the University of Iowa, where she was an Arts Fellow and the Provost's Visiting Writer in Nonfiction.

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Thrown 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
mermao More than 1 year ago
OK, this one's a mixed bag. It does give a lot of insight into the back story of MMA competitiors, especially at the lower levels. On the other hand, there's a lot of pseudo philosophical ramblings on the part of the author, who was apparently writing this for credit in some postgrad course. If you're an MMA fan, just skip through the pseudo philosophical stuff.