“Run away. Be Great. Get the best Education.”
Chronicling a fantasy history of women's professional tennis, the multi-volume comic novel FAMEPUNK opens with the victory of strange local unknown over a tournament favorite in an early round match-up at America's premier tennis event. In US OPEN 1987, veteran sports writer Ellen Nagoya heads to South Brooklyn on the trail of the mystery player, only to find herself tangling with an underworld of gamblers, gangsters, exiles, impresarios, and ageless Romeos. And as brash, big-tipping, yellow-eyed teenager Emma Jasohn makes her increasingly outrageous way to a title showdown with the great Freya, who knows everything, they’re joined on the world stage by an international cast of characters that includes:
Amanda McKinley…whose two-fisted backhand made her America’s sweetheart, but whose back has done her wrong;
Ilya Kasimov…talent recruit;
Maria Helm…whose daughter the Wimbledon champion is turning out to be a disappointment;
Shanaya Greene…the Ice House Princess of Coney Island whose tennis scholarship at Stanford University is on the line;
And Z…whose daughter Theodosia is going to set the tennis world on fire—next year, when she turns twelve.
This Nostalgistudio edition of the 2011 secret smash contains new material.