Sunday You Learn How To Box
A novel by Bil Wright
Fourteen-year-old Louis Bowman is in a boxing ring - a
housing project circa 1968 - fighting "just to get to the end
of the round." Sharing the ring is his mother, Jeanette
Stamps, a ferociously stubborn woman battling for her own
dreams to be realized; his stepfather, Ben Stamps, the
would-be savior, who becomes the sparring partner to them
both; and the enigmatic Ray Anthony Robinson, the
neighborhood "hoodlum," in purple polyester pants, who
sets young Louis's heart spinning with the first stirrings of
sexual longing. Bil Wright deftly evokes an unrelenting world
with quirky humor and clear-eyed unsentimentality.
Reviews for Sunday You Learn How To Box
"The patient, subtle rendering of one boy's developing emotional life leads us right into the mystery of how love grows in us all."
- Judy Lightfoot, Seattle Times
"With striking immediacy, keen insight, and grace of language, Wright captures the anguish of adolescence and the complex bond between mothers and sons...riveting."
- New York World
"Understated humor marks Bil Wright's first novel, Sunday You Learn How to Box...the absence of sentimentality is refreshing."
- Chase Madar, New York Times