St. Martin's Press
On Sale: May 30, 2017
Hardcover / e-Book
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Private lessons. Professional coaches. Specialized camps for
sports, math, music, and other fields. Today’s children are
pushed to achieve excellence―or else. But at what cost? New
York Times bestselling author Douglas Brunt’s third novel,
Trophy Son, tells the story of a tennis prodigy, from young
childhood to the finals of the US Open, Wimbledon, and other
tournaments around the world.
Growing up in the wealthy suburbs of Philadelphia, Anton
Stratis is groomed to be one thing only: the #1 tennis
player in the world. Trained relentlessly by his obsessive
father, a former athlete who plans every minute of his son’s
life, Anton both aspires to greatness and resents its
all-consuming demands. Lonely and isolated―removed from
school and socialization to focus on tennis―Anton explodes
from nowhere onto the professional scene and soon becomes
one of the top-ranked players in the world, with a coach, a
trainer, and an entourage.
But as Anton struggles to find a balance between stardom and
family, he begins to make compromises―first with himself,
then with his health, and finally with the rules of tennis,
a mix that will threaten to destroy everything he has worked
Trophy Son offers an inside look at the dangers of
extraordinary pressure to achieve, whether in sports or any
field, through the eyes of a young man defying his parents’
ambitions as he seeks a life of his own.
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