The Hoop and the Harm
Author Jawara Pedican brings the vivid authenticity of lived experience in the basketball hotbed of West Indian Toronto to The Hoop and the Harm.
Udoka Clendon is a first-year university student and a product of basketball systems that have produced professional players. He’s been pushed relentlessly by the obsessive mentorship of his older brother, which has been tolerated by his hard-working single mother. For years his brother has taken him to tournaments and pushed him to succeed on the outdoor courts of the west end.
Burdened by expectations and self-doubt, Udoka tries to reignite his passion for the game. Now, he’s been given a final opportunity at the city-wide tournament to rediscover his confidence and his sense of purpose—all of which he fears he has lost forever.
With the clarity and poetic style of a seasoned writer, and drawing on his own time as an elite sports prospect, Jawara Pedican shows the trials and traumas of becoming fixated on a dream of sports stardom.
About the Author
Jawara Pedican is a former member of both the McGill University and University of Toronto men’s varsity basketball teams. With a wealth of memories from his playing days, he decided to offer young readers a semi-autobiographical account of his experiences and trials and tribulations as a collegiate athlete. He is a kinesiologist and more recently a medical editor for a life sciences marketing agency headquartered in Toronto. He lives in Alliston, Ontario.