Pure Life

A novel by Eugene Marten.

Eugene Marten

Nineteen battles his way into the pros, becomes the quarterback, becomes the myth. Marries the owner's daughter, touches greatness few will ever dream of, retires into what he assumes will be the promised afterlife of days on the golf course, celebrity endorsements, and cushy real estate investments.

But markets tank, family disintegrates, fame fades, and the holes in his mind and memory from a career of punishment on the field become too large and frightening to ignore. When he hears of a miracle brain damage treatment forbidden in the U.S., he travels to the Mosquito Coast of Honduras in search of a chance to restore himself to the man he was. Instead, he finds himself on a journey that plunges him into a darkness more violent and horrific than he could have possibly imagined — at once a fight for his life and to hold onto the shards and fragments of the life he's fighting for.

A sports saga, sprawling thriller, and existential reckoning with the rot at the core of the west, told by an unheralded, singular master, Pure Life is a daring, complex, and brutal confrontation with and demolition of our modern myths in the most primal of settings — one as perilous as it is imperiled. (From Strange Light)

Eugene Marten is a Winnipeg-born, Cleveland-based writer. The American Canadian author's work includes the novella Waste and novels In the Blind, Firework and Layman's Report.

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