Woodstock, Ill.: Dramatic Publishing, 2003.
9th floor PS8571 .U784 F54 2003
Fighting Words focuses on sisters Peg and Nia and their landlady, Mrs. Davies. It is the story of the women who watched the fight [between boxers Johnny Owen and Lupe Pintor] on television back in Wales. As they bake a cake, readying for the gathering of women at the gym, Peg, Nia and Mrs. Davies support and ridicule each other as they reveal thier secrets and dreams. As the cake rises in the kitchen, so do the tempers as the women fight about who knows Johnny best, then about which one of them he loves more. Anger and jealousy split the women, and by fight night, Peg is sitting at ringside in Los Angeles with the men. Suddenly Johnny is down and their dreams are shattered! Weeks later, Peg sits at the kitchen table as if in a coma as Nia delivers the heartbreaking news of Johnny’s death from his injuries.