The Sidekick

Benjamin Markovits


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6 April 2023
ISBN: 9780571371532
368 pages

From the publisher

An unforgettable novel about basketball and race, friendship and envy, and the powerful divide that separates greatness from ordinary life.

The perfect novel for fans of The Last DanceHoop Dreams and Winning Time

‘Exquisite. . . Warm, humane, and tragic.’ JONATHAN LETHEM

At his high school basketball try-outs, nerdy sports-obsessed Brian Blum meets new kid Marcus Hayes. As a sportswriter, Brian spends the following twenty years tracking his friends’ superstar NBA career. But when Marcus mounts his last dance comeback, after a couple of years out of the game, both men must face the tensions of their unlikely dynamic, and the disappointments of getting older.

Praise for The Sidekick:

‘There is something so compelling about the questions of whether these two friends, despite their fraught history and hefty egos, will rekindle a genuine connection . . . you’ll want to know how the game turns out.’ TLS

‘Compelling and emotionally resonant.’ Spectator

‘Contemporary fiction’s best kept secret . . . It’s gratifying to observe someone with a large amount of specific knowledge not only imparting that expertise, but unlocking some deeper meaning within it, like a top sports star working their magic.’ Sunday Business Post