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In 'The Throwback Special,' Chris Bachelder tweaks middle-aged male insecurities

In 'The Throwback Special,' Chris Bachelder tweaks middle-aged male insecurities

In the small town where I grew up in Texas, high school football — Go, Hillsboro Eagles! — was so essential to our culture that, to this day, when old friends get together I inevitably suffer through painfully detailed recollections of games that should, by all rights, have been long forgotten by now.

So I was simultaneously repelled and attracted by the setup for the novel "The Throwback Special": middle-aged men meet to reenact one single play from one single football game. They remember it the same way some of us remember John F. Kennedy's assassination, the Challenger explosion or 9/11. To wit: "November 18, 1985 — Washington Redskins quarterback...

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