A strong, real male voice, exploring the terrifying territory of growing olderin a marriage, in a family, in one's body. Ethelbert Miller writes with naked honesty and courage about what it is to be a man no longer young. Youth may have left him. Passion has not.” Joyce Maynard, author, At Home in the World
Miller is not afraid to display his frailties, his misgivings about the time spent with his son and daughter, and his own strained relationships with his mother, father, and brother. He is open about his failures and asks how do we cope with failure in career, marriage, and life and how do we look at ourselves when we believe that we have failed as lovers, parents, and friends.” Brenda M. Greene, Neworld Review
Beautifully written, every sentence is extremely well crafted and labored over. Each sentence is another peek into the man's heart. Although The 5th Inning can sometimes be overbearingly sad, it's never depressing. So far, this is the best book I've read this year.” Steve Hart, Razorcake
It's clear that baseball is Miller’s religion and the organizing metaphor for his life: Balls and strikes can also stand for BS. How much is thrown at a person by the time they reach 50?’” Jonetta Rose Barras, Washington Examiner
Simply put, it's beautiful.” Joseph Ross, American University
"Unanswered questions. But beautifully proposed. This is real E. Ethelbert Miller and a little book to treasure." —www.swans.com
About the Author
E. Ethelbert Miller is the editor of Poet Lore magazine, the board chair of the Institute for Policy Studies, and a board member of the Writer’s Center. He is the author of Fathering Words: The Making of an African American Writer and How We Sleep on the Nights We Don't Make Love, which was an Independent Publisher Award Finalist. He is the recipient of the O. B. Hardison Jr. Poetry Prize, the Barnes & Noble/Writers for Writers Award, and a Fulbright grant to visit Israel. He lives in Washington, DC.