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Marjorie Herrera Lewis’s debut novel set during World War II is based on the true story of Tylene Wilson, the first woman in Texas to coach high school football. When the Men Were Gone is a powerful and vibrant novel of perseverance and personal courage.
Most of the Brownwood men over eighteen and under forty-five are off fighting, and in a small town, the possibilities for a new team coach are limited. Could this mean a season without football? But no one counted on Tyene, who learned the game at her daddy's knee. She knows more about it than most men, so she does the unthinkable, convincing the school to let her take on the job of coach.
A book signing will follow the presentation. Books will be available for purchase.
About the author: Marjorie Herrera Lewis knew early on she wanted a career related to sports. After several years at small newspapers, at age twenty-seven she began working at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Soon after, she was named a beat writer for the Dallas Cowboys and eventually joined the Dallas Morning News sportswriting staff. While writing When the Men Were Gone, she became inspired to try her hand at coaching football and was added to the Texas Wesleyan University football coaching staff. She presently teaches media ethics at the University of North Texas.