Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights

A Town, A Team, and A Dream

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Chronicles a football season in Odessa, Texas, a depressed all-American town that lives and dies with the fortunes of its high school football team.

Perseus Publishing
With a new afterword by the author

Return once again to the timeless account of the Permian Panthers of Odessa--the winningest high-school football team in Texas history. Odessa is not known to be a town big on dreams, but the Panthers help keep the hopes and dreams of this small, dusty town going. Socially and racially divided, its fragile economy follows the treacherous boom-bust path of the oil business. In bad times, the unemployment rate barrels out of control; in good times, its murder rate skyrockets. But every Friday night from September to December, when the Permian High School Panthers play football, this West Texas town becomes a place where dreams can come true. With frankness and compassion, H. G. Bissinger chronicles a season in the life of Odessa and shows how single-minded devotion to the team shapes the community and inspires--and sometimes shatters--the teenagers who wear the Panthers' uniforms. The author’s new afterword not only updates the story but also offers a sure-to-be controversial assessment of the state of football today.


The 25th anniversary edition of the classic, best-selling story of life in the football-driven town of Odessa, Texas.


Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, [2015], c1990
Edition: 25th anniversary ed
ISBN: 9780306824210
Branch Call Number: 796.33262 BIS
Characteristics: xiv, 413 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.

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pasmendiola
Apr 18, 2014

one of the best sports books ever written, and one of the best looks at the obsessive needs a town places on their children

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reedstevens
Aug 03, 2012

Heck of a TV series, too. Sorry to see it end.

austinmurphy Jan 30, 2012

If there's a better book about the way sports obsession can simultaneously exalt and ruin the lives of young men and the society that envelops them, I haven't read it.

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