The Legend of Jesse Smoke

The Legend of Jesse Smoke

A Novel

Book - 2016
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"When Skip Granger, the assistant coach for the Washington Redskins, first sees Jesse Smoke, she is on the beach in Belize. And she has just thrown a regulation football a mile. Granger knows that Smoke's talent is unprecedented for a woman, and nearly unparalleled among men. As Granger observes her throughout a season as quarterback for the Washington Divas of the Independent Women's Football League, he decides to sign her to the Redskins, even as he faces losing his job and credibility. As the first woman on a major NFL team, Jesse Smoke's astounding success places her in the tradition of athletes like Jackie Robinson and Joe Louis. Yet Smoke is quickly faced with her own battles, including the clamors of the press, the violence of her teammates, and the institutional resistance that seeks to keep football in the hands of men. While a female quarterback in the NFL is a fantasy at the moment, Robert Bausch's genius as a writer makes it a highly engaging reality on the page. Fans of football--and readers who were just waiting for a player worth getting excited about--will relish Jesse Smoke's journey to the big leagues"--
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2016.
ISBN: 9781632863973
Branch Call Number: FIC BAUSCH, ROBERT
Characteristics: 386 pages ; 25 cm


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Sep 09, 2016

Very good sports story. Found it on the new shelf at the library and thought it was a cool title. Read the inside cover and saw it was about the first female quarterback and my husband's favorite team the Washington Redskins and I knew I had to read it. There's a lot of football lingo and descriptions of the plays in each game. But there is enough of Jesse's story mixed with it to make it flow nicely. It takes place in the future and is told like a memoir from Jesse's coach. I thought it had a good pace and a good human interest story. If you enjoy sports and especially football I recommend this one.


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