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Edward “Skip” Walker is back in Perry Ashe’s Under a Basketball Moon. The story is written from Skip’s point of view. As a diarist, he recounts a historic moment in his life by coaching an African-American team in NCAA’s Final Four. He reveals his domestic life as well, particularly his marriage to Veronica Louise Browning Walker, whom he claims is the world’s highest compensated labor arbitration attorney per billable hour. Through his open diary, we get a glimpse of his humble beginnings in Charleston to his rise as a basketball coach. His wife plays an important role when she steps in to scrutinize the NCAA, as coaches and directors are getting paid like CEOs, yet players are still stuck with rules written in the late fifties.
Since this story revolves around the husband and wife team, you can expect erotic undertones as part of the threads that weave through the story. Skip considers his diary as his confidante in that he does not mince words in pouring out his thoughts, especially about his wife. He often describes her in the most unflattering way. He refers to her as a really wicked witch with an extremely resplendent, shiny, deep green, reptilian, komodo dragon lizard alter ego. Yet at the same time, he is uxorious when he writes that she is a true goddess who descended from Mount Olympus. This is part of the wit and humor that you can expect from Ashe’s writing in Under a Basketball Moon. In trying to create the effects of a diary entry, expect an assortment of all caps, cursive letters, font variations, and different text sizes. If you can get through these visual distractions, you can expect a delightful read.