On Sale March 17th

A spirited debut of a rising basketball star wrestling with his town’s outsized expectations and his family’s complicated legacy.

Jimmy “Kamikaze” Kirkus is a basketball star, destined for a legendary future in the NBA. At the age of five, he can make nine shots in a row. By high school, he’s got his own Sports Illustrated profile. To the citizens of Columbia City, it seems like he was born for the sport.

But Jimmy soon confronts the “Kirkus curse” when tragedies begin to emerge. Not even basketball can save him from his family’s sorrow-filled past.. His eventual defeat on the court echoes another disastrous legacy: Jimmy’s father, Todd “Freight Train” Kirkus—who had also dreamed of basketball stardom—was forced to give up his dream for a life defined by the curse of his name. Can Jimmy find a way to end this cycle of tragedy?

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Rules for Becoming A Legend

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Praise

With Rules for Becoming a Legend basketball has its Friday Night Lights, Timothy S. Lane has a game-winner, and you get something to read ‘til you'll miss your subway stop. What makes for a squandered life? Can a man turn around who he is like he can turn around a jumpshot? This is a great basketball novel and more than just that. Lane writes about the universal by way of the bouncing, orange particular, and his book's a triumph."

--Darin Strauss, author of MORE THAN IT HURTS YOU