A Bigger Prize

by Denis Gray


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Softcover
$24.95
Hardcover
$34.95
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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 7/3/2013

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 452
ISBN : 9781475993851
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 452
ISBN : 9781475993875
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 452
ISBN : 9781475993868

About the Book

When trainer Frank “Black Machine” Whaley of View Point, Texas, dies of a heart attack in 1946, Elegant Raines, an eighteen-year-old black prizefighter, must find a new trainer. Raines calls on Leemore “Pee-Pot” Manners, a boxing trainer who lives in Longwood, West Virginia. Any honest man would say Pee-Pot knows more about boxing than anyone alive—whether that man is black or white.

Raines’s goal is to become the heavyweight champion of the world. Under Pee-Pot’s tutelage Raines wins not only the middleweight championship, but the light heavyweight championship, marking him as one of the greatest fighters of his time.

During his quest for the title, Raines falls in love with Gem Loving, a pastor’s daughter whose father, Pastor Embry O. Loving, maintains a dim view of fighters. Gem must fight for Raines in ways her father will condemn.

A Bigger Prize tells a fictional story of the boxing world in the 1940s and what the sport meant to both blacks and whites of the time. It considers the question of whether Elegant Raines’s “bigger prize” is the world’s heavyweight championship—or something outside the ring more violent than boxing and its reward.


About the Author

Denis Gray is the author of four published books—Teardrop, Della’s Deed, Lucky, and Benny’s Last Blast!! He lives in New York with his wife, Barbara.

Charles Lilly created the cover image. He has illustrated many book covers, children’s books, magazine articles, advertising promotions, and movie posters in addition to having been an instructor of Visual Arts 17 of his 41-year career. He’s been an artist living in New York City; as his 31-year-old-son now carries the legacy forward in Texas.