PINS



PINS PINS tells the story of bigotry in athletics, and one very short boy who stands up to itSet in Little Falls, New Jersey in 1993, PINS weaves the classic story of a Catholic saint into a compelling modern life and near death account of Joey Nicci, a fifteen year old Italian American wrestlerAfter befriending Donald Dink Kohrs, Joey and his new posse get involved in pranks and partying that eventually get out of control, resulting in the death of a maligned fellow teammateThe ensuing legal battle and media frenzy alter Joey s life and his self perception as a gay teenager while shattering his fragile love for fellow teammate Dink Like his patron saint, his battle against his own teammates forces him to suffer for his beliefs His survival becomes a literary miracleA compelling story of a loving yet confused family, coaches and teachers struggling with multiple issues of violence and homophobia amid the clan like world of teenage athletes, PINS brings together elements now frighteningly common in the media bullying jocks, assaults on weaker students, faculty and families unwittingly allowing such behavior Best Read Kindle ePUB PINS author Jim Provenzano – heartforum.co.uk

Jim Provenzano is the author of the novels PINS, Monkey Suits, Cyclizen, the 2012 Lambda Literary Award winning Every Time I Think of You, its sequel Message of Love a Lammy finalist , and the stage adaptation of PINS His short fiction collection, Forty Wild Crushes was published in April 2016 Kindle edition June 2016.A journalist in LGBT media for three decades, and the guest curator of Sport Jim Provenzano is the author of the novels PINS, Monkey Suits, Cyclizen, the 2012 Lambda Literary Award winning Every Time I Think of You, its sequel Message of Love a Lammy finalist , and the stage adaptation of PINS His short fiction collection, Forty Wild Crushes was published in April 2016 Kindle edition June 2016.A journalist in LGBT media for three decades, and the guest curator of Sporting Life, the world s first gay athletics exhibit, he also wrote the award winning syndicated Sports Complex column for ten years An Editor at the Bay Area Reporter, he s currently working on his sixth or seventh novel.jimprovenzano.blogspot.comwww.facebook.com JimProvenzanoAuthorwww.myrmidude.orgwww. author jimprovenzano twitter.com jim_provenzano

PINS  By Jim Provenzano IBN : 096723820X Format : Paperback – heartforum.co.uk
  • Paperback
  • 288 pages
  • PINS
  • Jim Provenzano
  • English
  • 06 June 2018
  • 096723820X

10 thoughts on “PINS

  1. James says:

    I read this novel for a couple of reasons The author was an acquaintance of mine when living in San Francisco back in the 90 s He was writing this book at the time As an avid wrestler in high school and college, I was interested in reading Mr Provenzano s take on the wrestling life and how it was juxtaposed against coming to terms with one s sexuality Mr Provenzano was also a wrestler, so I enjoyed talking with him about our similar experiences PINS was a great read for me The characte I read this novel for a couple of reasons The author was an acquaintance of mine when living in San Francisco back in the 90 s He was writing this book at the time As an avid wrestler in high school and college, I was interested in reading Mr Provenzano s take on the wrestling life and how it was juxtaposed against coming to terms with one s sexuality Mr Provenzano was also a wrestler, so I enjoyed talking with him about our similar experiences PINS was a great read for me The characters, their mannerisms, and their struggles sexually, athletically, and emotionally resonated with me on many levels I grew quite attached to some of the main characters ...

  2. Grw says:

    This is a very decent book that could have been great but for one not that minor flaw The plot is good, managing as it does to span numerous genres from coming of age, to sports, to coming out, to Americana, to bullying, and many other things that are touched on during the course of the book.The story itself can be split into three parts, which says something about the pacing There s the build up to a life changing event during which everything seems to be fine, the actual event itself, an This is a very decent book that could have been great but for one not that minor flaw The plot is good, managing as it does to span numerous ge...

  3. Micha Meinderts says:

    I have mixed feelings about this It was a nice read, it felt really realistic and the atmosphere gave me a content feeling, it that makes any sense Yet technically it wasn t a good book, with a badly paced storyline, too many errors still left and a subdued, almost emotionless main character, despite his outbursts of aggression and sadness.It mostly felt like watching a movie through a frosted window or something But it was a good movie with an important and positive message A peek into a wo I have mixed feelings about this It was a nice read, it felt really realistic and the atmosphere gave me a content feeling, it that makes any sense Yet technically it wasn t a good book, with a badly paced storyline, too many errors still left and ...

  4. Mike Adams says:

    The boy s buzz cut swirled out like a tiny universe whose only limits were two stubby ears With that evocative first sentence, PINS takes us into the teenage life of a young New Jersey boy, the pressures and privileges of being a jock, and a gritty almost palpable immersion into the cult of wrestling.While outwardly another coming of age story, PINS not only tells of homophobia, violence, repressed lust and complex family interactions It also describes the sport of wrestling with an accurac The boy s buzz cut swirled out like a tiny universe whose only limits were two stubby ears With that evocative first sentence, PINS takes us into the teenage life of a young New Jersey boy, the pressures and privileges of being a jock, and a gritty almost palpable immersion into the cult of wrestling.While outwardly another coming of age story,...

  5. Sean says:

    One of those good ones I read this a few years ago when I was going through a phase of having to find great books with young gay characters, that wasn t too light, or too dark Since it s been awhile, I ll let this blurb suff...

  6. Marty says:

    poignant, funny realistic and endearing characters

  7. Tony says:

    Disturbing but excellent.

  8. Jim says:

    What starts off as yet another coming of age tale of gay youth in suburbia takes a dramatic turn and careens into a full fledged miracle of writing NY Blade News Fully captures the reader a descriptive writer of the Ernest Hemingway model terse, stripped down, and to the point Lambda Book Report Provenzano has a swift and flexible style that cuts against sentiment and reveals, in moments of grace, something like true feeling He s also funny He has an ear for teenage banter, and h What starts off as yet another coming of age tale of gay youth in suburbia takes a dramatic turn and careens into a full fledged miracle of writing NY Blade News Fully captures the reader a descriptive writer of the Ernest Hemingway model terse, stripped down, and to the point Lambda Book Report Provenzano has a swift and flexible style that cuts against sentiment and reveals, in moments of grace, something li...

  9. Garnet says:

    I haven t read a novel in years I chose this book because I like the idea of high school MM romances and this was centered around the world of wrestling, something I am unfamiliar with I found the writing to be hard to follow, the characters themselves somewhat unobtainable, and the story a little boring The introduction of a tragedy halfway through the book sets the stage for teen angst, unrequited love and parental realization about their golden boy I couldn t wait for it all to end Back ...

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