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Tess Wycheski is a standout bowler, just like her father before her. And just like him, she is haunted and driven by her father’s famous, career-ending humiliation at his first pro match. Tess must decide whether to follow her father’s legacy, bowling as a form of art, or take the hard-nosed streetwise instruction of Leo Florida, a hustler bowling coach who may have figured in her father’s youthful failure. Now that Leo’s back in town and offering to help Tess, can she trust him? And what about her attraction to Leo’s nephew, Donny, can she trust that? As she hones her skills and her determination, will she be willing to trust herself, even if that means leaving everyone she knows and loves in order to follow her dreams? Set against the backdrop of the Galaxy Bowling Lanes in Sandusky, Ohio, in the 1970s and ’80s—a time when working-class America, and its favorite sport, was rolling into decline—Midnight Bowling is a story of guts, gutter balls, and the imperfect power of love.