“In the tradition of the great Frederick Exley’s A Fan’s Notes, Tom McAllister’s debut memoir is far more than a recounting of one man’s hapless love affair with one of America’s most benighted football franchises. Within these unflinchingly honest pages lies a profound and personal meditation on manhood itself—on fathers and sons, on the inheritance of place, on the customs of a tribe and finding one’s place within it. Tom McAlister isn’t just a writer on his way. He’s already here. A wonderful book.”—Justin Cronin, author of The Passage
“Bury Me in My Jersey is a treasure chest of a memoir, brimming over with insight, urgency, exhilaration, and grief. Above all else it is a lovesong to a particular family, a particular city, and a particular team, but its reach is wider than that; for a reader like me, with no particular passion for football, it offers a rare and captivating window into the enthusiasm of the sports fan.”—Kevin Brockmeier, author of The Brief History of the Dead
“Tom McAllister’s accomplishment in Bury Me In My Jersey is considerable: I’ll never be able to watch the Eagles play again without thinking about him and his remarkable book. A funny, confessional and often moving account populated with characters who make you wonder where the world is headed even as you love and cheer for them.” —John Ed Bradley, author of It Never Rains in Tiger Stadium
“The story Tom McAllister tells in his ferociously smart new memoir is by turns hilarious, appalling, and heartbreaking—and often all three at once. It’s about sports fandom the way Moby Dick is about whaling, brilliantly evoking its own little corner of the world even as it addresses big and even incendiary subjects with fearless honesty. It’s about more than just football, in other words, and you don’t have to care about the Philadelphia Eagles to be entertained and moved by this witty and humane book.”—James Hynes, author of Publish and Perish, The Lecturer’s Tale, and Kings of Infinite Space
From the Hardcover edition.