A Remarkable Sports Trilogy
“8”, “Dopey Bastid”, and “Framily (Friends Considered Family)” recount the tales of three lifelong friends Joey, Bob, & Lou. The trilogy begins in 1957 Queens New York with the book “8”. The three amigos discuss their baseball idols (Willie Mays, Mickey Mante, and Duke Snider) as part of their 8th grade book report. Their story continues with “Dopey Bastid” only this time the three friends are in their 30’s reflecting on dumb decisions made by players, managers, owners and sportswriters. The trilogy concludes with “Framily”, as our main characters enter parenthood. The trilogy is best classified as a historical sports fiction saga. Author Lou Saulino will have you entertained as he incorporates friendship, humor & life lessons with sports!
Additional Trilogy Insight!
A trio of friends grows up in this sports-centered tale of love and kinship. Joey, Bob and Lou have been best pals since their childhoods in Jackson Heights, Queens. On New Year’s Eve 1979, Joey’s wife, Susan, says that she’s expecting a baby, and the group wonders at the possibilities for the newest member of the next generation. They also needle one another with cheerful, playful banter, as one would expect from close friends. The “Core Six,” as they’ve dubbed themselves, are entering the next chapter of their lives, and the major sporting events of the time—which the men highly contest and the women mostly ignore—act as mile markers for their memories. These events include the “miracle” victory of the United States men’s hockey team at the 1980 Olympics and the New York Giants’ triumphant win in Super Bowl XXI. Over the course of a decade, children are born, secrets are unearthed, parents die, and life goes on, and the Core Six fight, support and love each other as “framily”—friends who think of themselves as family. In the natural evolution of his writings, Saulino (“8” Center Field in New York, 1951-1957, 2011, etc.) has developed a smart way of storytelling via weaving his characters’ plotlines together with contemporary sports events. Many writers use music as a way of marking their characters’ experiences, but very few would think to use sports; here, it’s an eye-catching and inventive strategy. However, readers needn’t be sports fans to enjoy the work; even those who are athletically challenged will be gripped by what is, at its heart, a tale of love. The members of this group love one another to their cores, despite their differences, the passage of time, and their changing roles and responsibilities. The book is also immaculately researched, vividly recalling each play of each game like a great sports announcer. One part historical fiction, one part relatable rapport, this novel will appeal to anyone who enjoys a good story about good friends. The finest installment so far in Saulino’s continuing saga.
About the Author
Lou Saulino is the Founder and President of Lou Creative Inc.
Lou is an Amazon published Author! In 2011 he started writing about sports and his life experiences with “Athlete For Hire”. Today he has published 5 books! (Athlete For Hire, “8”, Dopey Bastid, Framily, and Bless Me Father).