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Fenway Fever Hardcover – April 12, 2012
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New York Times bestselling author and Edgar Award winner, Peter Abrahams:
"A funny, exciting, original, and heartwarming novel that even readers who aren't Red Sox fans will love."
"There's always enchantment at Fenway Park, but there's more than magic afoot, or afloat, in Ritter's life-affirming and tear-jerking new baseball novel. Ritter is a master at capturing the nuances of the game and infusing its magic into his tales. A surefire winner, full of energy and wonder."
About the Author
John H. Ritter lives in Koloa, Hawaii.
Top customer reviews
That's what Stats Pagano is all about: hot dogs, baseball, and a statistical mind to support his Boston Red Sox in addition to his favorite player-pitcher Orbitt.
In spite of his love for the game, Stats experienced other setbacks like we all do in life. The family business, a hot dog stand parked outside of Fenway Park that for years served the best hot dogs in town to many baseball fans was losing money. The Red Sox were on a losing streak and again felt like they were crippled by the Curse of the Bambino.
But with setbacks comes solutions. With magic sweeping over everybody with feelings of true loyalty, Stats, in spite of his own physical limitations, had a plan that would eventually spread like a fever with renewed energy to overcome all the negative circumstances.
John H. Ritter does an excellent job using a baseball platform to write this tear-jerking story filled with many happy and sad moments. This is a story that kids of all ages will like. Marvin P. Ferguson, author of THE UNKNOWN BASEBALL PLAYER.
The friendship between Stats and Billee, two characters "who are only just sort of normal and also sort of weird," is fanciful and touching. Pops's relationship with his sons, Stats and 15-year-old shortstop phenom Mark, is completely realistic. And the ending of "Fenway Fever" will warm anyone's heart, even a Yankee fan's.
(A version of this review appeared in the "Palo Alto Weekly.")
--you believe, or fear, that the world as we know it is coming to an end in 2012 and there's nothing we can do about it (read it sooner rather than later).
--you love a storyteller who knows that the more serious the theme and circumstances of a story, the more touches of humor, word play, and light-ness of heart are called for in the telling.
--you can't resist characters with names like Billee Orbit and "Stats" Pagano, because you have a hunch they'll warm your heart and change your mind.
--you love language.
--you love the childhood game of baseball, cherishing every detail: the places, the players, the stats, the history, the atmosphere, the play-by-play.
--or, like me, you dreaded your turn at bat growing up, but have nevertheless followed John H. Ritter back out into the ball yard in his previous novels, unable to put them down, because he not only writes masterfully about baseball but connects it to just about everything else that matters.