New arrival from Warren St. John, bestselling author of Rammer Jammer, Yellow Hammer: A Journey into the Heart of Fan Mania
After waiting months, Outcasts United: a Refugee Team, an American Town, has finally arrived! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone (you don’t have to like soccer to appreciate this book). I had the opportunity to listen to Warren St. John and Coach Luma speak about this book at he Alys Stephens Center recently. Warren St. John an Alabama author.
From Publishers Weekly (review from Amazon.com)
St. John (Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer) builds on his 2007 New York Times article about the Fugees, a soccer program for boys from families of refugees from war-torn nations who have been resettled in the town of Clarkston, Ga., 13 miles east of Atlanta. Led by the founder and coach Luma Mufleh, a strong-willed, Jordanian woman who turned her back on a privileged past to stay in America after attending Smith College, the three youth teams are a conglomeration of players from Africa, the Balkans and the Middle East. The challenges they face are many, including an ongoing fight against city hall for a field on which to play, and getting by with subpar equipment. Their biggest challenge, however, is the difficulty immigrants face in learning the ways of a strange land and living with the memories of tragedy (some players had lost a parent to violence or imprisonment). In spite of it all, the Fugees compete admirably with mostly white, better-funded suburban teams. St. John begins with an inspiring description of a beautifully played game and then delves into the team’s formation, but his storytelling takes on the methodical approach of a long series of newspaper articles that lack narrative flair and progression. (Apr.)
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To discover more about Coach Luma’s refugee soccer teen visit the Fugees Family Website.