The Moves Make the Man: A Novel
“Talented, confident, independent, disciplined, excited by challenge: these characteristics describe Jerome Foxworthy, the smart, steady basketball player who narrates The Moves Make the Man, and Sib Spooner, the world-class cellist, daughter of former hippies, who describes a journey in Midnight Hour Encores. The description also fits Bruce Brooks, creator of both characters, who admits, T have an affinity for independence, for loners, for smart people who are watchers,' “ Christine McDonnell said.
Distinguishing Brooks's prose, she added, are a “confident, intense first-person voice; the insightful probing into characters' complicated inner lives; the imaginative metaphors, often funny, always fresh. Like Jerome and Sib, Brooks's tough, cocky narrators, the author insists on independence, values honesty, and goes his own way. He does not accept any limits in the structure, style, or content of his books.”
“Both The Moves Make the Man and Everywhere examine a relationship between two youngsters, one black, the other white,” explained Leonard S. Marcus. “In certain scenes of the earlier book, especially, the day-to-day consequences of living in a prejudiced society are brought searingly to the fore. Nonetheless, Brooks noted, the racial differences in The Moves Make the Man 'turn out not to be nearly as strong as other differences, and certain similarities of circumstance and internal makeup' that ultimately define the complex relationship between Jerome and the elusive Bix Rivers.”