Clarks Summit resident, Edward Murphy, recently published his second book. Although ‘Life and Basketball’ is a work of fiction, Murphy drew on his experiences as a youth basketball coach and as the parent of a high school varsity basketball player to write this book.
Murphy’s oldest son, EJ, played basketball for Abington Heights High School. “Readers will see some similarities between our own Lackawanna Basketball League and the fictional “County Basketball League” in my book,” Murphy said. ‘Life and Basketball’ is quite a departure from his first book, ‘A Pennsylvania Deer Hunter,’ which was a narrative detailing Murphy’s experiences in the outdoors. “I wanted to build a story from the ground up,” Murphy added. “Developing characters and story lines then tying everything together was a fun challenge.”
‘Life and Basketball’ follows Mike O’Malley, a recent college graduate, into his first position as a high school history teacher. This leads to a position as an assistant varsity basketball coach. Exciting basketball action, personal drama, and romance leap off the pages of this exciting book.
A book signing will be held at Tim Wagner’s Sports Corner, 1827 Sanderson Ave., Scranton from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 20. Life and Basketball is also available at Amazon.com and for Kindle download.