Kevin Baker Sometimes You See it Coming

ISBN 13: 9780517118146

Sometimes You See it Coming

3.59 avg rating
( 128 ratings by Goodreads )
9780517118146: Sometimes You See it Coming
View all copies of this ISBN edition:

Book by Baker, Kevin

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Kevin Baker is the bestselling author of the novels Dreamland, Paradise Alley, and Sometimes You See It Coming. He is a columnist for American Heritage magazine and a regular contributor to the New York Times, Harper's, and other periodicals. He lives in New York City with his wife, the writer Ellen Abrams, and their cat, Stella.

From Publishers Weekly:

This uneven first novel about major-league baseball utilizes the sport as both a metaphor for real life and an escape from it. Hero John Barr, "the greatest if not the most beloved player in the game," is equal parts Ty Cobb, Ted Williams and Roy Hobbs, a man with almost surreal natural ability, a deep secret and no friends. He plays for a New York Mets team composed of the sort of eccentrics who populate most serious baseball novels these days--a relief pitcher who attributes his success to the Cabala, and a half-Indian, half-Jewish, all-alcoholic hurler named Moses Yellowhorse being two of the more prominent examples. The book's point of view moves from that of Ricky Falls, the closest thing to a friend Barr has among his teammates, to those of other players and sportswriters and an awkwardly written third-person narration. Much of the material reads like half-digested reworkings of various as-told-to baseball autobios by stars of the late-1970s New York Yankees, including a crazy manager who bears an uncanny resemblance to the late Billy Martin. Baker displays flashes of genuine wit, as in his description of a slumping ballplayer who is "draggin' himself around like his shoes had concrete laces," and he has an undeniable feel for the way men interact with one another. In spite of its shortcomings, the novel acquires momentum and builds to a genuinely satisfying, if predictable, climax. 50,000 first printing, ad/promo.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy Used View Book
List Price: US$ 3.99
US$ 29.82

Convert currency

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.

Destination, rates & speeds

Add to Basket

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780060535971: Sometimes You See It Coming: A Novel

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0060535970 ISBN 13:  9780060535971
Publisher: Harper Perennial, 2003

9780517590881: Sometimes You See It Coming

Crown, 1993

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace


Kevin Baker
Published by Random House Value Publishing
ISBN 10: 0517118149 ISBN 13: 9780517118146
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
(Auburn, WA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Random House Value Publishing. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. A copy that has been read, but remains in excellent condition. Pages are intact and are not marred by notes or highlighting, but may contain a neat previous owner name. The spine remains undamaged. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Seller Inventory # G0517118149I4N00

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 29.82
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds