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It is 1989, and Jim Keating has hit absolute rock bottom. He’s lost his wife to cancer, his house to bankruptcy, and his job as a college basketball coach to what many outsiders believed to be a racially insensitive career-ending decision. He has also just about lost his mind, having slipped into a bout of serious depression. Attempting to pick up the pieces and start life over, Jim returns home to Worcester and rents a small apartment.

Word gets out that the legendary Jim Keating has returned home, and everyone is eager to see him, despite what they’ve read in the news. In high school and college, Jim had been a star athlete. After a stint in the Army, he took a job as a college basketball coach. Although the teams and leagues changed over the years, Keating’s passion for basketball and commitment to the players he coached never faltered. Recognizing this, an old friend makes Jim an offer designed to help him restart his career.
 
Soon, Jim finds himself in Burundi, Africa, where he is to create a basketball league that will bring two warring tribes—the Hutus and the Tutsis—together peacefully. These tribes have been in a civil war for years, and government officials believe one of the ways to guide them to peace is through sports. In Burundi, Jim has the chance to recommit himself to basketball, rediscover his true self, and bring peace to a nation in turmoil.
 

“A deeply touching and fascinating novel. This is a must-read for anyone familiar with the game of basketball.” —Julius Erving, NBA Hall of Famer

“This book will inspire you, intrigue you, and move you in unexpected ways.” —Harlan Coben, author of Live Wire and Stay Close

“An exciting and honest book any fan of basketball will truly appreciate.” —Ralph Sampson, NBA Hall of Famer

"As usual Dan Doyle hits the ball out of the literary park again. This book is a great story that examines society and culture. As a basketball coach, an educator, and as a person, [I feel] this is a must-read." —Jim Calhoun, former coach of UConn men's basketball and Hall of Famer

"Wonderfully crafted . . . Dan Doyle spins a tale of good and evil in Africa while evoking memories of some of basketball's greatest players of all time, including Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, and The Big O." —Joe Mitch, executive director, US Basketball Writers Association

"An African Rebound is my favorite kind of book—it entertains while it teaches. I learned an incredible amount about the history of basketball in this country in the context of a compelling story. Anyone who has stumbled in life will relate to Jim Keating's story . . . and anyone who loves basketball will keep turning the pages!" —Jim Thompson, founder and executive director, Positive Coaching Alliance

“A deeply touching and fascinating novel. This is a must-read for anyone familiar with the game of basketball.” —Julius Erving, NBA Hall of Famer

“This book will inspire you, intrigue you, and move you in unexpected ways.” —Harlan Coben, author of Live Wire and Stay Close

“An exciting and honest book any fan of basketball will truly appreciate.” —Ralph Sampson, NBA Hall of Famer

"As usual Dan Doyle hits the ball out of the literary park again. This book is a great story that examines society and culture. As a basketball coach, an educator, and as a person, [I feel] this is a must-read." —Jim Calhoun, former coach of UConn men's basketball and Hall of Famer

"Wonderfully crafted . . . Dan Doyle spins a tale of good and evil in Africa while evoking memories of some of basketball's greatest players of all time, including Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, and The Big O." —Joe Mitch, executive director, US Basketball Writers Association

"An African Rebound is my favorite kind of book—it entertains while it teaches. I learned an incredible amount about the history of basketball in this country in the context of a compelling story. Anyone who has stumbled in life will relate to Jim Keating's story . . . and anyone who loves basketball will keep turning the pages!" —Jim Thompson, founder and executive director, Positive Coaching Alliance

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