Slim and None

Published By: Doubleday

Book Category: Fiction, Sports

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Reviewed by Bob Pike, CSP, CPAE Speakers Hall of Fam
Chairman/CEO - The Bob Pike Group, Founder/Editor of The CTT Newsletter

Dan Jenkins has twice before introduced us to Bobby Joe Grooves, PGA Tour player—each time in ways that made us identify with his quests for love, fame, and of course, golf championships. Each time Bobby Joe has gotten married, divorced, won some and lost some.

Slim and None is a novel that builds on what readers have enjoyed in Jenkins' past books. Now, however, Bobby Joe is 44. Only seven men have ever won a major championship after that age and he thinks this is his last best chance, especially since he's playing well.

But then life gets in the way. 1) Scott Pritchard, the 19-year-old phenom, whose recently divorced, drop-dead gorgeous Mom may become the fourth Mrs. Grooves, and 2) A USGA official rules against Bobby Joe in several critical tournaments, each time costing him the win he so badly wants.

Jenkins is a master of peppery down-home dialogue that introduces us to language that is to say the least, colorful—and downright funny most often. There are the "inside the ropes" names for golfers we know—like Elvis Woods, Madonna Els, and Britney Mickelson. And when a fellow competitor is paired with 17-year-old golf prodigy Tricia Hunt, who out drives him by 50 yards, we hear that she successively "Americaned" him, "Continentaled" him, "Fed-Exed" him, and "Goodyear blimped" him—all colorful ways to let us know that she flew right by him.

Armchair Interviews says golfers will love all the golf history that is so seamlessly woven into the story line. And observers of human nature will find plenty to watch as this superb story unfolds.

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