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'Friday Night Lights' Sequel Published

In "After Friday Night Lights," Buzz Bissinger traces the adult lives of the players from his classic account of high school football that inspired the film and the TV show.

After Friday Night Lights Bissinger Cover - P 2012

Twenty-two years after he wrote Friday Night Lights, his classic account of high school football, Buzz Bissinger has penned a sequel.

After Friday Night Lights, which is being published as an original ebook single from Byliner, explores Bissinger's complex quarter-century relationship with Boobie Miles, the star running back at Permian High School in Odessa, Texas, whose career was cut short by an injury. 

Bissinger moved to Odessa in 1988 to follow the Permian High School Panthers, one of the best teams in Texas, to explore the role of football in the lives of players, their families, their coaches, and the town.

Boobie Miles' story was at the center of the book. During the 1987 season, he gained 1,385 yards as the team's running back and was being recruited by such colleges such as Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas and USC. During the 1988 preseason he injured his knee and never fully recovered, eventually quitting the team. 

After Friday Night Lights picks up Miles' story from there, following him through the dark years he suffered after his injury right up to a more hopeful present. The book captures the oddest of enduring friendships: "that of a writer and his subject, a “neurotic Jew” and a West Texas oil-field worker, a white man raised in privilege and a black man brought up in poverty and violence, and a father and his "fourth son.'" 
 
Bissinger said Miles maybe “a symbol of everything that was wrong with high school football," but our friendship is “the most lasting legacy of Friday Night Lights, or at least the legacy I care about most.”
 
Friday Night Lights was a bestseller when it was first published in 1990 and is widely considered one of the best books ever written about football for its probing exploration of race, class and athletics. Sports Illustrated ranked it fourth on its list of greatest sports books.  
 
A film version--a relatively faithful adaptation--starring Billy Bob Thornton, Tim McGraw, and Connie Britton was released in 2004. The TV show, which only very loosely tracks the book, followed in 2006.
 
After Friday Nights Lights is available starting today as an ebook short at Amazon, iTunes, and Barnes & Noble for $2.99.