A group of troubled but charismatic boys in a tough Buffalo, NY neighborhood play basketball at a local park and dream of winning a state high school championship. Driven by raw talent and killer instinct, they dominate the court, but everywhere else, they feel like losers.
HAMMOND is told through the eyes of James Lombardi, a precocious but mentally ill boy who believes winning a championship will ease his “Evil Thoughts” and save his family, long haunted by generations of substance abuse, uncontrollable rage, and suicide.
A dark but humorous coming-of-age novel, HAMMOND offers a poetic and disturbing look inside the complex mind of an adolescent boy as he slowly learns that having the heart of a champion can sometimes be more burden than blessing.
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-#2 Bestseller in Sports Fiction on Amazon UK and Australia
-#3 Bestseller in Sports Fiction on Amazon Canada
“Earnest . . . Compelling . . . successfully captures the anger, frustration, and freedom of kids on the brink of adulthood.”
“Succeeds on many levels . . . laudable.”
“Lingers in the mind far after its conclusion . . . a revealing standout . . . powerful, introspective view of an evolving (and, sometimes, devolving) young man.”
–Diane Donovan, California Bookwatch
“This is the book that marks Jonathan LaPoma as my favorite underrated author . . . truly a masterpiece of the coming-of-age genre. My biggest hope for this book is that it gets the attention it deserves.”
“As raw and unfiltered as any coming-of-age book I have ever read . . . lingers in the mind long after finishing it, and I for one am looking forward to reading more from LaPoma in the future.”
“The characters are well structured and the plot is thick, making Hammond a great book for those looking for a read that takes you into a whole other world (so to speak).”
“The author did a great job with characterization and voice . . . drama and angst . . . I RECOMMEND the book to read.”
“Jonathan LaPoma is one of the best authors I have come across. He makes it a point to stir the emotions in your heart you never knew existed…The writing is poetic, lyrical and anything you associate with the word “melody”…flawless ending…I give Hammond a perfect 5 stars.”