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The place is Brooklyn, the time is the early '40s, and young baseball fanatic Joey needs a hero badly in his life. How that hero becomes Charlie--and ultimately Joey himself--forms the dimensions of the novel's field, but it's the way the game is played that's so remarkable. The story's told not through conventional narrative but by way of Joey's abstract scrapbook: letters, postcards, news clippings, box scores, report cards, matchbook covers, dispatches from FDR, telegrams, even an invitation to Joey's own Bar Mitzvah and the gift list from the affair.
Delightful throughout, Summer develops a deeper traction when Charlie goes off to war, then turns poignant in its seemingly preordained aftermath. It is a triumph of style, to be sure, but a triumph of style without loss of substance. --Jeff Silverman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I got this book for my son's required summer reading and ended up thoroughly enjoying it myself. And I don't even particularly like sports.Published 3 months ago by Jen J-K
I enjoyed this story a lot. I believe it is for young adults and I think they would relate to the chararacters. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Donald E. Burnette
This is one of my all time favorite books, hands down. Even though I've read it at least once a year since 2001, it still makes me bawl like a baby. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jessamine
I absolutely LOVED this book. I couldn't stop laughing out loud. What a great read!Published 5 months ago by Andy K
This is one of the all-time best books I have ever read! Try reading it aloud with someone. You will laugh and you will cry and you will LOVE Joey Margolis.Published 7 months ago by Norma Jean Avery
A sweet, funny heartbreaker that holds your hand to make sure you're okay at the end. How Steve Kluger is not a national best seller with everything he writes makes me feel sorry... Read morePublished 7 months ago by JAMES HARRIS