The Powers: A Novel

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1941 is a year of drama and spectacle for Americans. Joe DiMaggio’s record-breaking hitting streak enlivens the summer, and winter begins with the shock and horror of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The news from Eu­rope is bleak, especially for the Jewish population. Joltin’ Joe, possessing a sweet swing and range in center, also has another gift: he can see the future. And he sees dark times ahead. 

In her inventive novel The Powers, Valerie Sayers, in both realistic and fantastic chapters, transports the reader to an age filled with giants: Dorothy Day and Walker Ev­ans appear beside DiMaggio. The problems they face, from Catholic antisemitism to the challenge of pacifism in the face of overwhelming evil, play out in very public media, among them the photography of Evans and the baseball of DiMaggio. At once magical and familiar, The Powers is a story of witness and moral responsibility that will, like Joe DiMaggio, find some unlikely fans.

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VALERIE SAYERS is a professor of English at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. Born and raised in Beaufort, South Carolina, which became the thinly disguised Due East of her fiction, she lived in New York for many years. Her literary awards include a Pushcart Prize for fiction and a National Endowment for the Arts literature fellowship.

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It’s the summer of 1941, and America is engulfed by the drama of WWII. A constant flow of distressing news is filtering in from Europe, and the impending military draft is about to change the lives of nearly everyone. On the home front, 18-year-old friends Joe D’Ambrosio and Bernie Keller are vying for the affections of Agnes O’Leary. In addition to navigating the tricky waters of romance, Joe is trying to maintain his pacifist ideals, while Bernie struggles to come to terms with his German heritage. Agnes relies on her developing passion for photography to help her manage her uncertain love life. Also on everyone’s minds is baseball. Joe DiMaggio is in the middle of his record-breaking hitting streak, and he is feeling the pressure. A fascinating mix of baseball novel, love story, and history lesson, The Powers is a trip back in time to an America on the edge of great change. Highly inventive and richly detailed, it is the story of people struggling to face an uncertain future with the help of a young ballplayer named Joe. --Carol Gladstein

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