Jonathan LaPoma

Author / Screenwriter

Hammond

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 hopes winning a championship will ease his “Evil Thoughts” and save his family, which is 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.

*HAMMOND will be published by Almendro Arts in November 2018