RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 13859 LA English T1 Fat city A1 Gardner, Leonard., YR 1969 SN 0246639938 9780246639936 AB A [debut] "novel about the indestructibility of hope, the anguish and comedy of the human condition. It tells the story of two young boxers out of Stockton, California: Ernie Munger and Billy Tully, one in his late teens, the other just turning thirty, whose seemingly parallel lives intersect for a time. Set in an ambiance of glittering dreams and drab realities, it tells of the two fighters' struggles to escape the confinements of their existence, and of the men and women in their world. Fat City is a novel about the sporting life like no other ever written: without melodrama or false heroics, written with a truthfulness that is at once painful and beautiful."--From dust jacket.