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Seven Stories Press, Summer 2019

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Trouthe, Lies, and Basketball
By (author): Charley Rosen
9781609809416 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Sports Sep 24, 2019
$24.95 CAD
Active 5.51 x 8.25 x 0.66 in 240 pages Seven Stories Press
Elliot Hersch is given a basketball on his tenth birthday and cuts a deal with his disapproving father: if he makes straight As, he is allowed to play. Modeling his game on the basketball heroes of his time—Clyde Frazier, Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson, and especially Larry Bird—Elliot becomes one of the finest high school basketball players in New York.
     Trying to steer clear of the corruption and sleaze in the big college programs, Elliott signs with the seemingly clean-cut University of Southern Arizona (USA), partly to fulfill his promise to his father, whose one piece of advice about life is: Tell the truth, always. A quote from Chaucer, his father’s favorite writer, guides both father and son “Trouthe is the hyest thing that man may kepe.”
     What he finds at the USA and then the NBA is a far cry from untarnished “trouthe.” Elliott is challenged at every turn, tangling at the end of the day with what is most true: the game. Can Elliott truly play basketball? And if not, what is left of his life?
     Trouthe, Lies, and Basketball is an epic comic tale—structured somewhat like a gripping basketball game, completely with literary “time-outs”—of a basketball player coming to terms with the world as it is, his talents as they are. Rosen’s characters, even the mostly unseemly, are all heart, and by the end they leave those hearts on the hardwood.

Rosen is a former CBA player and NBA asst coach, who worked and played with Phil Jackson.

A highly praised chronicler of the game, like Roger Angell writing about baseball, he is the author of eight other books about basketball.

A native of the Bronx and longtime pal of basketball guru Phil Jackson, Charley Rosen led the league in technical fouls during each of his six years as a coach in the now-defunct Continental Basketball Association. In college, he played ball at an MVP-level for Hunter College from 1959-62 and then played profession ball in the Eastern League (a forerunner to the CBA). Since his playing and coaching days, he has become the world’s foremost writer of fiction and nonfiction on the subject of basketball, chronicling the drama that takes place both on and off the court. His many novels include The House of Moses All-Stars, a New York Times Notable Book, and Sammy Wong: All-American. His non-fiction works include The Scandals of ’51: How the Gamblers Almost Killed College Basketball and More than a Game, co-written with Phil Jackson. He has worked as a NBA analyst for, contributed to Grantland and HoopsHype, and written hundreds of sports articles for such publications as the New York Times Book Review, Sport, Inside Sports, M, and Men’s Journal. Rosen is a devotee of the Triangle Offense. He lives in Accord, NY.

Author Residence: Accord, NY

Author Hometown: Accord, NY

Marketing: Galleys available on Edelweiss

Social media campaign

Publicity: Mailing and outreach to basketball/sports writers everywhere

Features on,, as well as regional New England media

Sports podcast interviews

Readings in Beacon and Woodstock NY and elsewhere upstate

“A unique and impressively entertaining novel by an author with a very special grasp of how to utilize narrative storytelling to maintain the reader’s rapt attention and engagement from beginning to end, Trouthe, Lies, and Basketball is an extraordinary and unreservedly recommended addition to school and community library Contemporary General Fiction collections.” —Midwest Book Review

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