Fall River Dreams
A Team's Quest for Glory, A Town's Search for Its Soul
St. Martin's Griffin
In this deeply felt, unforgettable book, Bill Reynolds journeys with a high school basketball team through the past and present of an American town. Fall River, Massachusetts, is a once-prosperous industrial center haunted by its history, the Durfee High School basketball team begins its annual drive for a state championship: a quest that inspires and sometimes consumes kids, coaches, families, teachers, and all of Fall River.
Fall River Dreams is the story of one season's quest-a classic book about sports, youth, time, hope, and memory in America today.
Praise for Fall River Dreams
“A beautiful blend of sweetness, pain, and truth. Basketball runs through this book like a stream of light, illuminating all it touches.” —Rick Telander, author of Heaven Is a Playground
“A remarkable book, open and honest, full of the joys and the pain of growing up.” —The Sporting News
“Bill Reynolds is one of the best writers around, and this book is the Friday Night Lights of high school basketball.” —Dan Shaughnessy, author of Ever Green
“Simply a classic...every word has the ring of truth. Reminds me of Norman Mclean's Young Men and Fire.” —Greg Donaldson, author of The Ville
“Reynolds uncovers, in a moving and sensitive book, the desperate values of a city whose only dream is basketball glory.” —James Chace, Newsday
“Superbly observed and compassionately rendered, Fall River Dreams reminds us of why sports matter.” —Alexander Wolff, author of Raw Recruits
“Reynolds does a fine job...Fall River Dreams illustrates that sports can provide marvelous highs, but that the joy of achievement can be supplanted by the desperate needs to win-again and again and again.” —The New York Times Book Review