Albatross

Albatross

A Novel

Book - 2019
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Adam Coryell is your average high-school student--well, except for that obsession with fountain pens--when his life changes forever. Based on a study by a quirky Swedish professor that claims that every human being, regardless of athletic inclination, has a body that is suited to excel in at least one sport, it turns out that Adam is good--very good, in fact--at golf. Even though he'd never even picked up a golf club. Almost instantly, and with his coach, hard-nosed Bobbie Davenport by his side, Adam and his new-found talent skyrocket to a prodigy-level stardom that includes tournament titles, sponsorship deals, throngs of fans following his every move, and fodder for tabloids. But here's the catch: Adam doesn't really like golf. And as the life he once knew slips away--including the love of his life, the dream of being a writer, and everyday normalcy--he can't help but wonder if all this success and fame is worth it... or if it's enough for him.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, 2019.
Characteristics: 390 p. ; 21 cm.

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Jan 26, 2020

I have read all of Terry's previous books and found this one to be one of his best after his first Best Laid Plans. It is not laugh out loud funny but the character Adam does have a very wry sense of humour with some very good lines. It is a true book of altruism and delightful in this day of "me first".

JessicaGma Sep 03, 2019

It's a decent light read, but it's not as funny as some of the other books he has written. I did learn a great deal about fountain pens though, and the whole scenario about being good at something versus actually liking something is solid.

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