Playing for Pizza
Playing for Pizza
Random House Audio Publishing Group, Compact Disc, 9780739383193
Publication Date: September 23, 2008
But all Rick knows is football, and he insists that his agent, Arnie, find a team that needs him. Against enormous odds Arnie finally locates just such a team and informs Rick that, miraculously, he can in fact now be a starting quarterback for the mighty Panthers of Parma, Italy.
Yes, Italians do play American football, to one degree or another, and the Parma Panthers desperately want a former NFL player any former NFL player at their helm. So Rick reluctantly agrees to play for the Panthers at least until a better offer comes along and heads off to Italy. He knows nothing about Parma, has never been to Europe, and doesn t speak or understand a word of Italian. To say that Italy holds a few surprises for Rick Dockery would be something of an understatement.
"From the Trade Paperback edition.
Garth Stein is the author of three novels, "The Art of Racing in the Rain", "How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets", and "Raven Stole the Moon", and a play, "Brother Jones". He has also worked as a documentary filmmaker and lives in Seattle with his family.
“Fans of John Grisham live for his legal thrillers, but now and then he serves up something unexpected. That’s exactly what he does, with great success, in Playing for Pizza.” —USA Today
“Score another one for Grisham...This is a fish-out-of-water tale that perfectly suits his strengths as a storyteller.” —USA Today
“A light-hearted story of football, food and love.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Football in Italy? Who knew? Grisham means to have a sweet time with this story of a fallen NFL quarterback. And he does.” —Daily News (New York)
“Delightfully comic...a deeply satisfying story.” —The Boston Globe
“Charming...the author's love letter to Italy.” —Publishers Weekly
From the Paperback edition.