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on April 16, 2016
I like the author's ambition and the writing continues to rattle around in my head days later, which is usually a sign of strong writing, but I'm really not sure what to think about his book. Some of the passages are so charmingly, insightfully written--about southern American culture, baseball, love, prison, aging. Too many passages, however, go on too long or dig too deep or are too plain indulgent. The amount characters, subplots, and detours overload the work.
Don't read this book if you don't love or like baseball. Even in it's best literary moments, it doesn't transcend the sport.