Shutout

By Brendan Halpin
(Farrar Straus Giroux, Hardcover, 9780374368999, 183pp.)

Publication Date: August 17, 2010

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Amanda and Lena have been soccer stars and best friends for years, but now, when Amanda makes the junior varsity team and Lena makes the varsity, Amanda finds herself increasingly shut out of her friend's life. Suddenly, everything Amanda took for granted is changing--but she's about to discover that might not be bad. Brendan Halpin's new novel is about friendship, family, soccer, and the confusing time when everything that used to feel simple suddenly feels complicated.




About the Author
I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and currently live in Boston. I was always an avid reader and writer, and in my ten years as a high school English teacher, I did a great deal of writing. I did not start writing professionally, however, until my late wife, Kirsten, was diagnosed with breast cancer. What began as a way to tell the story of Kirsten's treatment to friends and family became my first book, and I haven't stopped writing since. In 2003, after Kirsten's death, I stopped teaching to focus on writing. In 2005, I married again, and my wife, Suzanne, and I live in Boston with our three children and our dog, a boxer named Cooper.
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