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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Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Mar 11, 2018

This is an interesting look at how important football is to the economically depressed, conservative town of Odessa, Texas. The book mostly follows six players in their senior year, as they hope to lead their team to a state championship. I read the edition with an afterword written 25 years later, and that was actually the most interesting part of the book. I think that's because that's the first time Bissinger really inserts himself into the story and shows his relationships with the players. The other parts of the book have a dry, detached feeling where none of the players feel like a complete person. They are just football players and nothing else, but maybe that's the point.

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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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