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The Eleventh Man
 
 
Author
Ivan Doig.
Publisher Mariner  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.25 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780547247632
Pages/Publication Date 406/2009
Daedalus Item Code 31712
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In an undefeated season, the 1941 starting lineup at Treasure State University becomes Montana football legend, in this novel by Daedalus favorite author Ivan Doig. Ten of these young men are soon scattered around the globe in various theaters of World War II. But the eleventh, Ben Reinking, is taken out of pilot training by a military propaganda branch in order to chronicle the individual adventures of his former teammates for publication in small-town newspapers. Ben chafes at the assignment, not knowing that it will bring him an unexpected love, while also leaving him to eulogize more of his friends than anyone might have expected. Montana-born Doig has been a ranch hand, newspaperman, and magazine editor, as well as the author of This House of Sky, a nonfiction finalist for the National Book Award, and a number of rich, almost mythic novels about the history of Montana. "Doig's prose is so muscular and sculpted, so simple and purposeful," said Henry Kaisor in the Chicago Sun-Times, "that I can think only of Edward Hoagland and Wallace Stegner as Doig's equals."

"In the solid latest from veteran novelist Doig ... the fetching Women's Airforce Service Pilot who flies [Ben] around, Cass Standish, is married to a soldier fighting in the South Pacific, which leads to anguish for them both. Meanwhile, Ben's former teammates are being killed one by one, often, it seems, being deliberately put into harm's way. Doig adroitly keeps Ben on track, offering an old-fashioned greatest generation story, well told."Publishers Weekly

 
 
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