Sooley: A Novel

[Sooley: A Novel]
Random House
New York
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Type: Literature
Nothing inappropriate.
Some morally inappropriate content.
Contains significant sections contrary to faith or morals.
Contains some lurid passages, or presents a general ideological framework that could confuse those without much Christian formation.
Contains several lurid passages, or presents an ideological framework that is contrary or foreign to Christian values.
Explicitly contradicts Catholic faith or morals, or is directed against the Church and its institutions.
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Sooley is a South Sudanese who tried out for a team that would be playing basketball in the United States. He made it to the team and, with the help of his South Sudanese coach, improved his game and was able to enter a college basketball team. Thus began the American dream.

The novel describes the refugee situation in South Sudan. Sooley's family fled their hometown and became refugees in Uganda. Their plight torments Sooley, who tries to do everything possible to help them from America. The author also describes the workings of college basketball in the US: the coaches, the players, the NBA draft, and the fandom.

The work brings out the importance of sacrifice and hard work, concern for family, the importance of religion in one's life (Sooley is Catholic and goes to church regularly). The pitfalls of stardom and glamour that haunt basketball idols tend to drown the good values that striving players build.

Author: Carlos Estrada, Philippines
Update on: Aug 2021

Other review

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Sooley is the short life of a prodigious basketball  player. After his death, they raise enough money to bring his mother and two boys to America.

Author: C F, Australia, 2024