Author(s): Kerry Howley
This is a knock-out debut sports epic taking a unique journey into the world of Mixed Martial Arts fighting step into the octagon...Welcome to the heart of the fight. Three years and two fighters - one ageing, tired, struggling from one backstreet dive to another; and one young, fast, going places, punching it out in packed Las Vegas arenas. One on the way up and the other on the way out. And they fight and they fight - while through it all Kit, a spacetaker, a ghost haunting their cages, follows and assists them, drawn to the dark allure of men living from blow to blow, where the true battle is never with their opponent but always and forever with themselves. "The most fascinating book I've read this year. The precision of Howley's prose reminds me of Joan Didion or David Foster Wallace." (Time). "A poetic portrait of a bloody American subculture." (O, The Oprah Magazine). "The fight book of our generation has landed...a fantastic debut." (The Week). "Compulsively readable." (The New York Times).
Compulsively readable The New York Times Truly gripping, stunning Salon Mesmerising Houston Chronicle An exciting brand of nonfiction depicting the darker side of the American dream. An intimate, front-row look at two stories of hope, glory, and violence Vogue Best book I read this year -- Alex Massie (on twitter) Nothing else felt as strong and smart and fresh and honest this year - nothing else whipped my head around the way something great and truly new does -- Lev Grossman Salon An intelligent, funny, and utterly captivating look at a surprising subculture Buzzfeed Thrown does what all literature aspires to do - to bring us into a community, a universe, we did not know we cared about and in the end leave us shattered and revealed Los Angeles Times The most fascinating book I've read this year. The precision of Howley's prose reminds me of Joan Didion or David Foster Wallace Time The fight book of our generation has landed. Thrown is a fantastic debut The Week A poetic portrait of a bloody American subculture, and a knockout of a nonfiction debut O, The Oprah Magazine As dark and funny as anything I have read this year Washington Post Kerry Howley embarks on a quest for ecstasy delivered in an unexpected forum: MMA fights. This transfixing nonfiction narrative combines bloody play-by-play with philosophical inquiry, delivering serious punches. Welcome to the Octagon Playboy
Kerry Howley's essays, reviews, stories and reportage have appeared in Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, Slate,The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, Vice.com, and frequently in Bookforum. Her short story 'Pretty Citadel' was published in The Paris Review in Autumn 2011. She holds an MFA from the University of Iowa, where she was admitted as an Arts Fellow and subsequently served as the 2012 Provost's Visiting Writer in Nonfiction. Howley teaches creative writing at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Thrown is her first book