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An explosive, character-driven odyssey through the world of baseball from Emily Nemens, the editor of
The Paris Review.
“Emily Nemens’s magnificent debut is a masterwork of great empathy and detail.”
—J. Ryan Stradal, author of
Kitchens of the Great Midwest
“Nemens finds a kind of attenuated hope along with melancholy in these sharply etched character studies that ‘end not with “out three” but “out maybe.”’”
“For a book about the notoriously languorous sport of baseball, this is a quick and often thrilling read. For a debut novel, it’s remarkably self-assured.” –
The Cactus League
is not just another baseball novel. I can’t think of another book that so carefully examines the complex ecosystem of professional sport.”
—Chris Bachelder, author of
The Throwback Special
“As Nemens portrays the life of the team—a pitcher is in thrall to pain pills; players’ wives hold a lingerie party—it starts to seem almost an organism, each constituent part brushing against others in a larger story of competition, survival, and obsession..
The New Yorker
New York Times’s
One of NPR’s Best Books of 2020
One of Lit Hub’s Favorite Books of the Year
Emily Nemens is a writer, illustrator, and editor. Her debut novel,
, was published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in February 2020 to critical acclaim.
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