'Listen, you son of a bitch, life isn't all a goddam football game! Life is rejection and pain and loss...' A Fan's Notes - the horrible and hilarious account of a long failure. And so we follow his boozy trail through two failed marriages, many bars and intermittent visits to Avalon Valley - a private home for the mentally ill.
Fred Exley is the author of A Fan's Notes, Pages from a Cold Island and Last Notes from Home. He was nominated for a National Book Award, was the recipient of the William Faulkner Award, recevied the National Institute of Arts and Letters Rosenthal award, and won a Playboy Silver medal for the best non-fiction piece of 1974. He also received a Rockerfeller Foundation grant, a Harper-Saxton Fellowship, and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Frederick Exley died in 1992.