A contemporary fiction story of family life, permeated with “…false values, hubris and lack of care”. The story, though a work of fiction has its setting as Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA and Coles perfectly captures the rich cultural heritage of its people and their flair for sporting activities especially football in this novel.
The storyline is predominantly focused on young Darwin Hastings and his cousin Luther Pinnelli, a rich and famous football star. Darwin at the age of 17 found himself orphaned, confused and faced with an uncertain future. Darwin was born into a wealthy home but he couldn’t have access to his inheritance until he becomes of age. He was however certain of one thing; he wants to be a medical doctor and therefore would never allow his circumstances (not even his cruel guardian) to derail his goals. Luther, the supposed guardian of the young teen failed to provide the necessary guarding Darwin needed to succeed in life. Aside Luther’s football career, nothing about his social life and friends could inspire Darwin to reach his dreams. Luckily for Darwin he met Dr. Malverne on his way to Pittsburgh who volunteered to guide him through the rigors of medical education. This setback notwithstanding, Darwin amazingly coped so well on his own without Luther firmly supporting his dream. At a point in the story, I began to wonder who really the guardian should be; Luther or Darwin.