Champion of the World

By Chad Dundas
Putnam/Penguin Random House, 2016, 474 pages, $27


Sportswriter, journalist and Missoula native Chad Dundas’ years of covering mixed martial arts and other ring sports for national news outlets laid a foundation for this historical novel about a wrestler struggling to make good in the tough arena of the American sport in 1921. Professional wrestling of that day was a serious, hard-nosed sport, and Dundas’ character Pepper Van Dean and his wife, Moira, work at navigating its world. Dundas earned an M.F.A. in creative writing at UM and a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

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