Books by F.X. Toole

F.X. Toole is the pen name of boxing trainer Jerry Boyd (1930 — September 2, 2002). He is most noted for writing the collection of short stories "Rope Burns: Stories from the Corner" which was turned into the movie Million Dollar Baby in 2004.


POUND FOR POUND by F.X. Toole
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"Not a flawless novel—it softens noticeably in the middle—but the characters are irresistible, and their gritty, savage, strangely noble world is vividly evoked, by the real-life boxing trainer whose real name was Jerry Boyd."
From the late author (1930-2002) of the short story (from the collection Rope Burns, 2000) that inspired the movie Million Dollar Baby comes Toole's only novel, a tough, tender tale about boxing people. Read full book review >
ROPE BURNS by F.X. Toole
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2000

"Toole won't dazzle anyone with footwork, but there's a core of integrity to his fiction that can rivet a reader, patches of awkwardness notwithstanding. The wallop is in the details."
A debut collection of six stories about the world of boxing, from an insider who finds beauty in its ugliness, sweetness in its savagery. Read full book review >