A Son of the Game

by James Dodson

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When acclaimed golf writer James Dodson leaves his home in Maine to revisit Pinehurst, North Carolina, where his father first taught him the game that would shape his life and career, he’s at a point where he has lost direction. But once there, the curative power of the sandhills region...
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Published By Algonquin Books

Format Paperback


Number Of Pages 292

Publication Date 04/13/2010

ISBN 9781565129788

Dimensions 5.5 inches x 8.25 inches

"Dodson’s lack of pretense and his wealth of conviviality give readers a sense of investment in the man and his modest work, which is long on sentiment but not extravagantly so. A humane, insightful memoir of elemental composure and meaning regained." –Kirkus

— Golf Today

"What do you get when you combine an engaging rites of passage story together with interesting golf history as relayed by a skilled storyteller? The answer would be A Son of the Game by James Dodson . . . A great gift for the golfing father or son." —Golf Today
— The Raleigh News and Observer

"In his warm, personal new book, A Son of the Game, James Dodson brings together the charm of both the game and the place in a story that you need not be a golfer to appreciate . . . Dodson's gift is in feeling and sharing the attachment to a game that is as bewitching as it is maddening . . . [His] book is time well spent. It captures the spirit of a game and a place that has captured so many of us." —The Raleigh News and Observer
— BookPage

"A magical memoir of midlife crisis, teenage uncertainty and the power of a legacy gently handed down." —BookPage
— Kirkus Reviews

“Draws on the deep, near archetypal feelings that dedicated golfers have for the game, its history, and their own connections to the fathers and mentors who first put clubs in their hands."—Booklist

“Painted in a glossy, buttery hue of such vintage nostalgia that it’s all the reader can do by the end to not immediately light out for the central North Carolina hill country.”—Publishers Weekly