A Short Move
Available June 2020
Available June 2020
Mitch Wilkins is a football player destined for greatness. From an inauspicious start in rural Virginia to the glamorous, ferocious heights of the NFL, his life unfolds across the stories of those who accompany him: his Vietnam veteran uncle, his patient working mom, an ambitious girlfriend, a talkative young teammate, a billionaire team owner, and more. But success doesn’t come without costs. As Mitch and his family struggle to find meaning within a relentlessly incentive-driven, forward-moving life, they routinely collide with each other, and with the limits of their own power.
REVIEWS AND PRAISE
"Poignant...Fans of sweeping family epics will enjoy this dissection of fame, sports, and the drive for connection."
“A Short Move is an ode to both the singular glory and the heavy cost of greatness. Katherine Hill uses the rhythms of the sports novel to explore everything from the complexities of masculinity to the illusion that is the American Dream—and makes the form her own in the process. This is a deeply felt and beautifully expansive novel, one that captures vital dimensions of American life.”
Laura van den Berg, author of The Third Hotel
"I submit that there is nothing you can’t get to about American culture through sports, and I further submit, as evidence, Exhibit A: A Short Move, Katherine Hill’s splendidly written and smartly observed second novel."
David Shields, author of Reality Hunger and director of Marshawn Lynch: A History
"In Katherine Hill’s audacious new novel, A Short Move, football is not only the subject, but a lens through which Hill examines contemporary life under capitalism. In Hill’s sharply observed, brilliant prose, this ur-American game ultimately becomes a metaphor for human relationships, for the ecstasy and vulnerability within the body, and for life itself. This is a beautifully written novel about loss and endurance, about men and women doing the best they can with the gifts they’ve been given."
René Steinke, author of Friendswood
“A Short Move is an expansive and beautifully written novel. Through the story of star linebacker Mitch Wilkins, Katherine Hill explores the sacrifices men make to become legends, and the toll their fame takes on everyone close to them. This book is about more than just the complicated and contradictory life of a football star who wishes he were a better man; it is a profound depiction of masculinity, obsession, power, and the unexpected beauty we find even in our darkest hours.”
Tom McAllister, author of How to Be Safe