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The Coach's Wife

"In his novel The Coach’s Wife, William Torgerson has written one of the best books about basketball and coaching I’ve ever read. He’s also written a love story so complicated and wonderful it will have book clubs talking about it for many years."
~Pat Conroy 

 

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A man without a "her" is a man without hope. So believes Coach Zuke who has returned to his hometown of Horseshoe, Indiana to be the head basketball coach.

Zuke wants to meet a woman. It’s not long before possibilities emerge: his girlfriend from high school teaches in the room next to him, there is the older sister of one of his players, a girl he knew from college, and a botched matchmaking attempt by his best friend Cheese.

Troubles mount in the form of angry parents and an assistant coach who has plans to steal the head coaching position.

Set in 1994 to the backdrop of the OJ Simpson murder trial, Kurt Cobain’s death, and Prince Charles’s confession on television to having cheated on Lady Di.

The Coach’s Wife is a novel about the trials of coaching in a basketball-obsessed state and what happens to one young man desperate to find a wife.

 

   
Horseshoe

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Southern Gothic steeped with Midwestern sensibility stirs the waters of the Tippecanoe River that embraces the town of Horseshoe and its inhabitants. A novel-in-stories, Horseshoe intertwines revenge, regret, murder, adultery, and insanity through the lives of the outwardly ordinary citizenry.

 

   

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Love on the Big Screen follows a college freshman whose understanding of love has been shaped by late-eighties romantic comedies and his journey to real-life relationships.

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Meet Zuke, a college freshman whose understanding of love has been shaped by late-eighties romantic comedies, and who attends a school so strict it's against the rules to go to the movies. Zuke and his buddies, separated from the women on campus and forced to entertain themselves, form a club called the Brothers in Pursuit, which holds weekly meetings during which all the members dress in matching and embroidered boxer shorts, stand at attention to Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors," and report back to one another on their objectives: God, knowledge, compassion, and women. Love on the Big Screen is a novel of friendship, the dangers of romanticized love, the complexities of faith and real life, and what happens to one young man as he finds out that life is nothing like the movies he loves.

   

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Author Bio

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Writer, filmmaker, and family man, William J. Torgerson is an associate professor in the Institute For Writing Studies at St. John’s University in New York.

He is author of three novels published by Cherokee McGhee Publishing: Love on the Big Screen, Horseshoe, and The Coach’s Wife. His short film “The Brothers in Pursuit” is based on an excerpt from Love on the Big Screen.

Bill spent eleven years teaching English and coaching basketball in Indiana and North Carolina. Also a filmmaker, Bill has directed documentaries and a narrative short. His screenplay adaptation of Love on the Big Screen won the Grand Prize of the Rhode Island International Film Festival Screenplay competition.

He divides his time between New York City and his permanent home in Asheville, North Carolina where he lives with his wife Megan, daughters Charlotte and Isabel, and Indy the dog. You can reach out to Bill via Twitter @BillTorg. His website is TheTorg.com. He’d love to hear from you.

Full Bio

"Torg" to many of his friends and students, William grew up the son of two English teachers in the rural town of Winamac, Indiana where he spent most of his time playing basketball and cruising up and down the Tippecanoe River in a small motorboat (the inspiration for the stories of Horseshoe). In 1989, William began a four year stint sitting on the bench for the basketball team at Olivet Nazarene University, a school which serves as the inspiration for Love on the Big Screen's fictionalized Pison College. Upon William's graduation from college, he became the head boys' basketball coach at North Miami High School in Denver, Indiana.

Following eight years of coaching and teaching in Indiana and North Carolina, William began to feel a tug toward the more peaceful and reflective life of reading and writing over the long and stressful hours of coaching. This became even more evident when he was grateful for the end of another season even though the team had won the state title. While earning a master's degree in English Education from the University of North Carolina Charlotte, Torgerson participated in a National Writing Project Summer Institute, read Stephen King's On Writing and Donald Murray's Write to Learn, and became convinced that he could learn to be a daily writer and that would be a good way to spend a life.

In 2006, William graduated from Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, home of the legendary writer Flannery O'Connor, with an M.F.A. degree in Creative Writing. Currently, William is an assistant professor in the Institute For Writing Studies at St. John's University in New York. His adaptation of Love on the Big Screen was awarded the Grand Prize in the Flickers Rhode Island International Screenplay Competition. William took part in the festival's ScriptBiz screenwriting workshop in August of 2011. In addition to novels and screenplays, William writes short stories and articles on teaching and writing, and his work has appeared most recently in the University of Maryland's Sakura, Old Dominion University's Barely South Review, and NYU's interdisciplinary journal Anamesa. Currently, William lives with his wife and two daughters and teaches first year writing courses at St. John's University. You can read more about "Torg" on his website TheTorg.com.

Press Releases

February 2015: Cherokee McGhee releases William J. Torgerson's The Coach's Wife. Click here for the Press Release.

May 2012: Cherokee McGhee releases William J. Torgerson's Horseshoe. Click here for the Press Release.

February 2011: Cherokee McGhee releases William Torgerson's Love on the Big Screen. Click here for the Press Release.

 

 

 

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