The Penalty Area
The Penalty Area
by (Author) and Howard Curtis (Translator)

A heart-warming novel about overcoming adversity, making human connections, and football. Vincent once had a shot at becoming a professional soccer player but a career-ending knee injury put an end to his dreams. A tough kid from a poor family, he has become an emotionally cut-off man with frustrated hopes and limited options. He finds himself… (more)

A heart-warming novel about overcoming adversity, making human connections, and football. Vincent once had a shot at becoming a professional soccer player but a career-ending knee injury put an end to his dreams. A tough kid from a poor family, he has become an emotionally cut-off man with frustrated hopes and limited options. He finds himself coaching an under-16 soccer club in an attempt to keep alive his only passion in life. The team he coaches is little more than a roster of hot- headed boys, none of whom understands the on-field chemistry needed to win. Simply put, they aren’t of a championship calibre. When his unemployed sister Madeleine, a single mother, dumps her thirteen-year-old son on him, Vincent panics. With no clue how to take care of a teenager, he brings his nephew to practice and eventually throws him into the scrimmage. It’s then that Vincent notices there’s something strange about Le?onard. He has a preternatural ability for anticipating each striker’s intentions, making him a remarkably talented goalkeeper. But Le?onard looks detached, absent, lost. Le?onard has undiagnosed Asperger’s syndrome. What is equally clear is that, with Le?onard’s abilities as a goalkeeper, Vincent’s ragtag team has a chance to reach the finals. For that to happen, for the team to find a reason to rally behind this strange kid from Paris, Vincent will have to let down his guard and open his heart for the first time ever.

 

Publisher: Europa Editions (September 06, 2016)

Page count: 185 pages

Protection: DRM

Language: English

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