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The author of the Canada Reads-nominated The Bone Cage tackles the ups and downs of amateur hockey, from a mother’s point of view.

More than 570,000 people are registered in Hockey Canada and more than 600,000 in Hockey USA. It’s a national obsession. But what does that really mean when your child wants to play on a team? As a former varsity athlete and university instructor teaching sport literature, novelist Angie Abdou is no stranger to sport obsession, but she finds herself conflicted when faced with the reality of the struggles, joys, and strains of having a child in amateur hockey. In Home Ice, with equal parts humour and anguish, Abdou charts a full season of life as an Atom-level hockey mom, from summer hockey camp to the end-of-season tournament. Her revealing stories and careful research on issues such as cost, gender bias, concussion, and family pressures offer a compellingly honest and complex insider’s view of parenting today’s young athlete in a competitive and high-pressure culture.

©2018 Angie Abdou (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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  • SuzieQ
  • 20-11-2018

interesting and insightful

It’s a beautiful and honest memoir. Normally I have no interest in mom books because I’m not a parent, but it was interesting and insightful—hooked me with the sports and relationship narrative. Highly recommend.

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  • Shank
  • 21-10-2019

Title is misleading, this book is so much more!

I’m not a hockey fan, but a friend whose opinions I value recommended this book, and so, I read it it. It was a great read, hit home on so many levels and never lost my interest throughout. The author courageously reveals personal experiences and challenges that affected her relationships with her children, her husband and her fellow hockey mom friends. Her reflections and insights are honest, compelling the reader to empathize and relate to the author in a way I could never imagine as I read the book’s title. You can’t help but respect and admire the author for her courage in telling her story, for her complete honesty in revealing truths that are sometimes easier to keep secret, and for her obvious skill in telling a story that keeps the reader captivated throughout. One of the best Audible books I have listened to in a very long time.

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