The Last Season

The Last Season

A Father, A Son, and A Lifetime of College Football

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Fathers, sons, and sports are enduring themes of American literature. Here, in this fresh and moving account, a son returns to his native South to spend a special autumn with his ninety-five-year-old dad, sharing the unique joys, disappointments, and life lessons of Saturdays with their beloved Ole Miss Rebels.

After growing up in Jackson, Stuart Stevens built a successful career as a writer and political consultant. But in the fall of 2012, not long after he turned sixty, the presidential campaign he'd worked on suffered a painful defeat. Grappling with a profound sense of loss and mortality, he began asking himself some tough questions, not least about his relationship with his father. The two of them had spent little time together for decades. He made a resolution: to invite his father to attend a season of Ole Miss football games together, as they'd done when college football provided a way for his father to guide him through childhood--and to make sense of the troubled South of the 1960s. Now, driving to and from the games, and cheering from the stands, they take stock of their lives as father and son, and as individuals, reminding themselves of their unique, complicated, precious bond.
Poignant and full of heart, but also irreverent and often hilarious, The Last Season is a powerful story of parents and children and of the importance of taking a backward glance together while you still can.

Published: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780385353021
Branch Call Number: 796.332 STE
Characteristics: 205 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm


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PimaLib_SusannahC Sep 02, 2015

After a particularly bruising campaign season, Stuart Stevens returns to his roots in order to spend time with his 95-year-old father. Stevens wants to recreate the magical times of his youth and spend one last season with his father going to Ole Miss football games. However, instead of being a child being led by his father, Stevens now is helping his elderly father to navigate the crowds. The book goes back and forth in time, following the 2013 football season and reflecting on the glorious 1962 season. Of course, it’s not just about the football. It’s a personal tale about spending time with a loved one before it is too late, told against the cultural backdrop of segregation and the first steps of integration. The book made me laugh and cry a little too. You don’t have to be a football aficionado to enjoy the book. If you are a fan, especially an Old Miss fan, you are going to enjoy it all the more. Hotty Toddy!


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