In 1947, the bucolic mill town of Magrit, Minnesota, confronts the terrible problem that none of its young men want to return home, leaving the town's girls romantically bereft, until the old mill owner forms a ball team and puts them on the road. By the author of Sarah Canary.
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Though most men had returned to their hometowns after World War II, few came back to the tiny village of Magrit, Minnesota. Irini, a nineteen year-old woman, works in the Scientific Kitchen at Margaret Mill, a cereal factory, with most of Magrit's other eligible bachelorettes. Hoping to promote his business and attract some suitors for his staff, the owner of the mill forms a women's baseball team called the Sweetwheat Sweethearts. Irini, who wields a fearsome throwing arm, strong from kneading bread dough, is the team's star center fielder and her successes, failures, and revelations on and off the ball field are endearingly recalled by her now grown daughter.From the Publisher:
Excerpts from reviews of Karen Joy Fowler's The Sweetheart
"Ms. Fowler's willingness to take detours, her unapologetic delight in the
odd historical fact, her shadowy humor, and the elegant unruliness of her
language all elevate her story from the picaresque to the grand."
--The New York Times Book Review
"A combination of inquiry, skepticism, and sympathy voiced with a zany
appeal, a hint of magic...Its flavor is tart, comic, and unreliable."
--The Los Angeles Times
"Smart, wry, and just this side of insane...A remarkable
--The Washington Post
"The Sweetheart Season is the sort of novel that makes the reader
want to meet the author....The characters are entertaining and
well-defined. The plot twists are unexpected, and Fowler's witty writing
is a joy to read."
"The Sweetheart Season is full of sparkling wit and flat-out good
writing about a town where someone can be suspected of putting on airs
simply by sporting an 'out of town haircut.' In territory long staked out
by Garrison Keillor, Fowler's book reads like the best of Lake Wobegon and
--The Philadelphia Inquirer
"The Sweetheart Season is a brilliantly evoked re-creation of the
post-war period in small-town America, filled with well-drawn
characters....A complex mixture of generosity and skepticism, a warm
meditation on and paean to those most romantic American traits: the
propensity for optimism in reduced circumstances, a gullible faith in the
unexpectedness and persistence of love, and an unshakable sense of irony
that is large enough to embrace both humor and affection."
--San Francisco Chronicle
"Fowler loves raising questions about where reality ends and imagination
begins....If you're willing to take chances on writers who color outside
the lines, try Fowler. She's a true original and one of the funniest
people currently writing in the English language."
--Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Fowler's authentically detailed and clever novel is frequently
digressive, but the digressions charm. Deadpan irony ('The Baldishes had
been among the first to explore decorating with deer') and quirky
characters worthy of Dickens raise the entertainment quotient....Fowler
depicts our nation's past as more surreal than real while at the same time
slamming her book out of the ballpark."
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Book Description Henry Holt & Co, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. New - unused and unread. Stated First Edition. First Print - Full number line. Bookseller Inventory # B2RWy-0805047379
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Book Description Henry Holt & Company, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1996. Hard Cover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 1st Ed. so stated, 1st Printing, numbered row starting with 1, HB/DJ, brand new, 352 pp. In 1947 in rural Magrit, the boys who marched off to war don't seem to want to come back to make a home. For Magrit's young women the future is uncertain. Until the company founder decides to form them into a ball team, the Sweetwheat Sweethearts. And if, while on the road, the players should happen to meet young men. Bookseller Inventory # 4857
Book Description NY: Henry Holt, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition, 1st Printing. Ms Fowler's hilarious 2nd novel, 352 pages. New, unread copy: I bought it new in 1996, never read it, stored it carefully over the years. Other than one VERY faint crease on dj's back it's perfect. It has NO markings throughout, NOT an ex-library, NOT a book club, NOT a remainder, dj NOT price-clipped ("$23.00"). Fine in Fine dj. Bookseller Inventory # 001957
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