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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.
This book was funny and touching and sad and a very satisfying way to spend an afternoon. I loved it! Read morePublished 9 days ago by Claire
Our family's favorite book, loved by readers of all ages and interests. A very sweet, touching story line delivered with great mastery by Kluger. Read morePublished 24 days ago by sandra d cain
Tear-jerker. My father recommended it. It's a great slice of life for the pre-WWII era. Cute story but the tear-jerker ending you will spot about a mile off. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dan Wise
I love this book. I read it every year after baseball season is over. It is so sweet, sad, and hilariously funny.Published 3 months ago by A. Shircliff
This is one of my favorites! I know it's good, because I've reread it many times over the years and it still makes me laugh.Published 3 months ago by Jess
I read this book about 12 years ago and I never forgot it. It is one of my favorite books ever. The format is great and the story goes straight to the heart. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sherri D Rice
Great novel about baseball and a young boy. Guys especially would enjoy this novel.Published 5 months ago by Francesca B. Nadzam