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By Esera Tuaolo, John Rosengren

ISBN-10: 1402209231

ISBN-13: 9781402209239

This can be Esera Tuaolo's personal searing tale of terror and wish. A Samoan raised on a Hawaiian banana plantation, he had a common expertise, soccer. He went directly to play for 5 NFL groups: the fairway Bay Packers, the Minnesota Vikings, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Carolina Panthers, and the Atlanta Falcons within the 1999 large Bowl. yet for the 9 years he performed specialist soccer he lived in terror that after his face flashed upon the television monitor, anyone may disclose his darkest mystery. Esera Tuaolo is homosexual.

Alone within the Trenches takes you contained in the homophobic global soccer and describes fears that nearly drove him to suicide. He conjures up heartbreak--how his older brother, Tua, died of AIDS--and wish whilst, Esera, a deeply religious Christian fell in love and commenced a family.

"Tuaolo emerges in those pages as a posh, intellectually curious and interesting person outlined neither through his collection of occupation nor by means of his sexual orientation." --Booklist

"Tough, gentle and brutally honest." --Robert Lipsyte, former manhattan instances activities columnist

"Even i used to be now not ready for his remarkable existence story." --Billy Bean, writer of Going the opposite direction

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And , as Keaton plays her, you can ' t say Anna i s wrong . She ' s true to her feelings ; she loves her daughter more than anything else . But you resent the movie (and, to some degree , the novel) for framing the issues this way-for making it appear that women are now and have been forever characters in tearj erkers . Even if you credit Nimoy and Bortman with the best of intentions , they dimin­ ish women . The movie has a sickly passivity : Anna caves in and she still can ' t win anything except what used to be called " peace of mind .

Most of what a viewer sees is just Ameche being a straight-backed peasant-a man of his word-and Mantegna being a confused hoodlum . There ' s nothing to look at except their rather mummified skits . But Mamet cons the audience . He brings it into a hip complicity with him . He gives people the impression that in making them wise to the actors ' games he ' s making them wise to how the world works-that he ' s letting them in on life ' s dirty secrets . And flatness of performance seems to be part of the point .

And Asia Vieira, who plays Anna ' s unfearful, inquiring-minded daughter, embodies the free­ dom that Anna wanted her to have ; her crooked grin matches up with Keaton ' s bright smile . Nimoy can be proud of his work with these three performers (though his j udg­ ment went to hell in the scenes involving Ralph Bellamy and Teresa Wright) . Diane Keaton is a delight in the " fulfilled " section . Her daring is in her spontaneity . She keeps her performance al­ most alarmingly fresh-the bloom is on it .

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