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Trophy Son

Trophy Son

A Novel

Douglas Brunt

St. Martin's Press



A compelling, provocative novel about a father, his son, and the cost of early excellence in our achievement-obsessed society.
The third novel by New York Times bestselling author Douglas Brunt, Trophy Son tells the story of tennis prodigy Anton Stratis, from an isolated childhood of grueling practice under the eye of his obsessed father, to his dramatic rise through the intensely competitive world of professional tennis. Written with an insider knowledge of the tennis circuit, Trophy Son explores a young man striving to find balance in his life, navigating moral compromises, performance-enhancing drugs, and the elusive lure of wealth and celebrity. From Wimbledon and the U.S. Open to the off-court life of elite players, Anton finds exhilarating highs and desolate lows as he searches for an identity apart from his achievements.


Praise for Trophy Son

"Trophy Son brings Conroy's The Great Santini and Malamud's The Natural into the present day, tackling our dangerous obsession with youth athletics and single-sport specialization. A terrific book." -Harlan Coben

"By believably conjuring a professional tennis prodigy who is — of all things — poetic, sensitive, and well-read, Douglas Brunt's Trophy Son takes us deeper inside the modern men's game than any nonfiction account could." –James Kaplan, author of Sinatra: The Chairman and co-author of You Cannot be Serious with John McEnroe

"Keenly observed and provocative." --Sports Illustrated

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About the author

Douglas Brunt

Douglas Brunt is the author of the New York Times bestseller Ghosts of Manhattan and The Means. A Philadelphia native, he lives in New York with his wife and their three children.

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