- Paperback: 118 pages
- Publisher: Argo-Navis (September 18, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786754117
- ISBN-13: 978-0786754113
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,863,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Pastime Paperback – September 18, 2012
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From the Author
Pastime started as a screenplay. It won some competitions and was optioned several times by Hollywood producers. But the stars never aligned to turn it into a film. Everyone loved the story but Hollywood is often hesitant when it comes to period pieces (too costly) and baseball (not international enough).
I wrote it because I thought a great American attribute was becoming a rarity: a sense of sacrifice. Sacrifice is at the heart of Pastime, a story about a spoiled modern baseball player who gets sent back to an era that was all about national and personal sacrifice: World War II.
Today, baseball is becoming more international (booming in China,even growing in Russia). Meanwhile, the United States remains in the grip of unfettered self-interest and polarization. The team spirit that made this country great is withering on the vine.
For these reasons the story of Pastime - a man's journey back to a time and place defined by sacrifice - is more important than ever. It's why I turned the screenplay into a novella and still believe it would make a terrific film.
About the Author
The first characters Brian Meehl brought to life were not in books. They lived on TV and movie screens in the form of Muppets on "Sesame Street" and in Jim Henson films, including roles in the cult classic, "The Dark Crystal." Shifting his hand from puppets to pen, Meehl won two Emmys while writing for PBS children's television shows such as "The Magic School Bus" and "Between the Lions."
He then returned to his first love: books. Meehl has published four novels (3 YA, 1 middle grade) with Random House: Out of Patience, Suck It Up, Suck It Up and Die, and You Don't Know About Me. The first was a Junior Library Guild Selection, the last won a Blue Ribbon from the Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books, while two of them garnered starred PW reviews and spots on numerous state readings lists. He also published one of his oft-optioned screenplays as an adult novella, Pastime.
More recently, Meehl has been writing Blowback, a YA trilogy harmonizing time-travel, historical fiction sports and romance. For more, visit brianmeehl.com.