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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

BOXING FICTION: POOR MAN'S OUT!

BOXING FICTION: POOR MAN’S OUT!

MARK AFFIF

KINDLE EDITION: $2.99

A new novel based on the true story of an American prizefighter in the post-WWII glory days of professional boxing. The younger of two sons, the middle child of seven in a fatherless, immigrant Lebanese family, loses the full use of his right arm in a childhood “accident” that prevents him from joining in the war effort, but not from taking his battle into the ring to fight for his family’s dignity and financial viability.

Alternating from a shifting third-person to an introspective first-person that is bare-boned and illuminating, our protagonist unwittingly uncovers the essential truths of the warrior mentality, whether in the ring or on the battlefield.

Torn by familial and neighborhood loyalties, ultimately by non-negotiable ethical codes, his fierce heart is straining from the emotional hit of his life, as he comes into the fight of his life, the elimination bout for the Middleweight Championship of the World. Written from the inside-out, this novel reveals that true understanding of a character is achieved not by an exposition of what he looks like to the world, but by what the world looks like to him.

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