In this exquisite debut novel, Manley presents an integral part of the rural American experience where the human spirit, young as it may be, prevails against seemingly overwhelming odds. At the age of 13, Sonny's father, owner of "Snake Nation Cock Farm", presents him with his own rooster, causing Sonny to make one of the biggest decisions of his young life--one that will change him forever.

The Cockfighter 1999, Anchor Books, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780385494205

Anchor Books edition

Trade paperback

The Cockfighter 1998, Coffee House Press, Minneapolis, MN

ISBN-13: 9781566890731