Parents Behaving Badly

by Scott Gummer

Parents Behaving Badly

Hardcover, 211 pages, Simon & Schuster, List Price: $23 | purchase

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After Ben and Jill Holden return to their hometown with their three children, Ben finds himself being drawn into the intense world of his sons' Little League season, all while he tries to come face to face with the legacy of his own father—known town-wide as "Coach."


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Game On! 5 Winning Summer Sports Books

Scott Gummer's first novel uses a popular sport — baseball — in one of the best ways a novel can: as a backdrop for dark comedy. Here, Ben and Jili, a level-headed pair of suburban parents, find themselves in the middle of the very strange, weirdly competitive world of Little League baseball, where the kids are nervous, the coaches are punishing and the adults' memories of childhood are surprisingly fresh. In arching a brow at youth sports, Gummer resists the urge to make all of the parents

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