Out of a childhood love of baseball, especially its old timers, came Kevin King's first novel, All the Stars Came Out That Night. Kevin has tried his hand at sculling and boxing, which led to Phantom. The former sport he no longer has access to, no longer working at Harvard.
These days Kevin tries to work as little as possible, if writing isn’t work, hoping that if idleness leads to sin, it might be more interesting than punching a time clock. When he does work, it tends to be teaching ESL, the ugly stepsister of linguistics who gets paid accordingly. But he still enjoys those spontaneous moments in a classroom when a new avenue of learning springs up. And he enjoys the mental effort that goes into making those moments happen. Still, the most rewarding part of teaching is creating materials. So far, Kevin has written four ESL textbooks: Trial by Jury, The Big Picture, Taking Sides, and The Writing Template Book.
"I enjoy learning all the things I didn’t learn at my mother’s knee, or my father’s, like maintaining a 300-year-old house, using a hammer for some purpose other than banging my thumb. Or pi at more than four digits. Or why Dylan got the Nobel prize and I didn’t."
A story of hopeless love—a serial philanderer and gambler married to a woman much younger—and impossible love—his wife, Casey Googan, and a black boxer. Turn of the century Boston comes alive with crew races, balloon races, boxing, rat-baiting, and fashion competitions judged by Isabella Stuart Gardner.