A decent book about manhood. The novel tracks three men -- 2 boxers and their manager -- in southern california in the fifties. Ernie is a young, up-and-coming kid discovered by Billy Tully, a 30 year old who gave up the sport two years prior but now must work fruit and vegetable fields to make money. Billy is the core of the novel and he's pretty unlikeable, but still sympathetic. He's really just upset that he let his life as a boxer go.
The dialogue is good, if a bit forced in places. The chapters jump POV. ultimately, it's a satisfying book that suggest charles bukowski with more style and more hope.