Picks and Pans Review: On Boxing

updated 12/28/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/28/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Joyce Carol Oates
While on occasion she resembles a literary welterweight who, fights too often, Oates registers a knockout with this exploration of a life-at-the-extremes subculture. It's the sports book of 1987, and John Madden isn't in it once.

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