Raised by an outspoken single mother, Mac coaches women's high school basketball in a New Orleans public school. When Mac encourages a star athlete, Barbara Jeanne Bordelon, to play on the boy's basketball team, he incurs a flurry of public scrutiny that puts him in the path of radical feminists and evangelical Christians. Set in the 1970s to coincide with the Title IX ruling, Courting Pandemonium looks back on the landmark equal rights case with the singular mix of poignancy and absurdist humor Barton is known for.
"What happens when you take Mac McIntire, a 66, 220-pound former Boston Celtic turned New Orleans high school basketball coach, add his mother, Sheila, who, divorced from her Baptist preacher husband, runs a home for unwed mothers and writes dirty limericks, blend in a talented high school basketball player, Barbara Jeanne Bordelon, who wants to become the first girl to play on the boys' varsity basketball team, and mix in a radical feminist group and an equally strident group of evangelical Christians? You've got Courting Pandemonium, a zany new novel by New Orleans writer Barton. The plot has more twists than a centipede has legs and a surprise ending that will keep readers mesmerized until the final shot of the Louisiana high school basketball championships. Barton (The El Cholo Feeling Passes) demonstrates once again his skill at depicting our crazy world."―Library Journal
Award-winning writer and critic Fredrick Barton has authored four novels, a play in verse, and numerous short stories, essays, and reviews. He was a founder of the Creative Writing Workshop at the University of New Orleans where he served as Director for many years. He continues to teach in the program and live in New Orleans, LA.