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Fontana Paperback – July 17, 2012
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But the baseball exposé takes second string to the human story of envy and secrets, and of two very different men. "Fontana" is an edgy, honest novel that reads as quickly as an airport potboiler. A great debut.
The first half of the book lays out a story and a backdrop leading up to what should have been the exciting (and expected) high point of the book. If the story had continued as in the first half this would have been a great book. But the author abruptly kills all the suspense and the rest of the book is told in a retrospective, documentary/interview style, and is told so out of chronological order that it's hard to follow in places. I was not a huge fan of the ending either, but that is personal preference I suppose.
I hesitate to give a book like this a less-than-positive review, because I hope to see more books written about topics like this, but I was disappointed by this one.
One night, while leaving a bar alone, Jeremy discovers Ricky Fontana sharing a tender kiss with another man, which seems to instantly explain the ballplayer's hesitancy to talk to reporters or teammates about his private life. Under pressure to try to save his job, Jeremy "outs" him, though in a way that he believed would be supportive and help him be more relaxed in his life. Being the first "outed" player who was still playing major league ball, Ricky faced scrutiny that nobody had before, from the public as well as teammates and coaches. His sexuality somehow became a bigger story than his impressive stats, and he faced daily struggles in his professional as well as personal life. Jeremy can't get Ricky to speak with him, and enlists the aid of the young man he had spotted him kissing.
As an avid MLB fan as well as a gay man, I initially thought the book was unnecessarily dark, and that - in this day and age - an openly gay baseball player would not be that big of a deal. Reading further, I had to admit that the scenarios were all too realistic as to what could indeed happen, and perhaps we are not as far along as I had given us credit to have come. As such, I recommend this well-written book, which likely will have you thinking along the same lines. Five stars out of five.
- Bob Lind, Echo Magazine