John Janzen Kooistra Shoo-fly Dyck

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Shoo-fly Dyck

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This is a novel about sex, religion and baseball. A Mennonite-Canadian farmer becomes the greatest baseball player in history while stumbling and bumbling over the hills of love; a young woman is stalked by a vacuum cleaner salesman from California; a black woman from North Bay manages the Blue Jays into the World Series; and we're just getting into the wind-up. Armin Wiebe, author of The Salvation of Yasch Siemens and The Second Coming of Yeeat Schpanst, says "Janzen Kooistra has created a fast moving novel with a lovable character who will make readers laugh and cry and revel in this glorious human condition we know as life. I would say it's more inventive than W.P. Kinsella's "if you build it he will come "Shoeless Joe" ... ; it's just as literary and for sure, a whole lot funnier."

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Shoo-fly Dyck is a tour de force. Reflective and festive, sensuous and muscular, it interlaces heartbreak and high comedy, conflicting pleasures, and ecstasy in a verbal borscht of uncommon pungency. In one amazing summer, a lonely, workaholic, Mennonite nerd becomes one of the gods of baseball. Richard 'Shoo-fly' Dyck is trying to save the family farm from bankruptcy, when a friend discovers Shoo-fly's ability to throw a baseball at 107 miles per hour -- with either arm.

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John Janzen Kooistra grew up in Port Dalhousie and St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. He has taught English Literature, composition, creative writing and English as a Second Language in various concentrations at Niagara College (Welland) and the Universities of McMaster (Hamilton), King Saud (Saudi Arabia), Brock (St. Catharines), and Nipissing, in North Bay. Between academic appointments, he has worked as a fruit-picker, soccer player and coach, landscaper, construction worker, clerk for the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, househusband, and transportation device for two teenage children. Born to Dutch Calvinist parents, John joined the Mennonites at around the same time the Toronto Blue Jays joined the American League. He was Chairman of the Grace Mennonite Board in St. Catharines for four years and a deacon for six.

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