TAMPA, FL--Local Spanish Teacher, Neil A. Fencer, publishes his first book "The Beautiful Game." As a graduate of Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, Fencer has worked several years as a teacher and track and cross country coach, traveling to Bolivia and other parts of South America during summer vacations. Leaving work to take a pair of longer trips, he served as a volunteer, worked as an English teacher and wandered, deepening his knowledge of language and culture and inspiring the idea for The Beautiful Game. He now lives in South Florida, working at Newpoint Charter School in Valrico, FL, and still makes frequent forays into Latin America.
Fencer's book is written in an expressive language that reads more like a friend's personal account of the past rather than fiction.
The book is now available at Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Beautiful-Game-Neil-Fencer/dp/1453566732/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1287608365&sr=1-1)
After an unfortunate accident tears Manny from a nearly perfect life, he retreats to his childhood home in South America. There, memories spring up, weaving together sport, a search for forgiveness and contemporary history. The action of this short novel lies not only on the soccer pitch but also in the mind of a narrator trying to reconcile two halves of a crosscultural life. Flashbacks smoothly draw the past into the present until Manny faces an overwhelming family secret. Fencer uses circumstances and setting to explore the idea of grace in a game, and in life, when debts are too great to be paid.