The Man with Two Arms: A Novel

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Henry Granville, a baseball fanatic and high school teacher, spends hours in the basement with his young son Danny, introducing him to balls of all shapes and sizes.

He even turns the basement into an indoor stadium. Danny quickly distinguishes himself from his peers, most conspicuously by his ability to throw perfectly with either arm-a feat virtually unheard of in baseball. But he also possesses a visionary gift that not even he understands. Danny becomes a superior athlete, skyrocketing through the minor leagues and into the majors where he experiences immediate success, breaking records held for decades.

When a journalist, a former student of Henry's hungry for a national breakout story, exaggerates the teacher's obsession and exposes him to the world as a monster, all hell breaks loose and the pressures of media and celebrity threaten to disrupt the world that Henry and Danny have created. A baseball novel--and much more--The Man with Two Arms is a story of the ways in which we protect, betray, forgive, love, and shape each other as we attempt to find our way through life.

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Billy Lombardo directs the Community Service Program and teaches fiction at The Latin School of Chicago. His collection of short fiction, The Logic of a Rose, was the winner of the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction. This is his first novel. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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Praise for "The Man With Two Arms":
"The best baseball themed fiction so far this decade." --Allen Barra
"Undoubtedly modern America's finest literary tribute to the baseball since Bernard Malamud's novel "The Natural."... Lombardo's one of a kind novel about a one of a kind ball player becomes as engrossing as a perfect game going into the late innings. If you're in the stands, you don't want to look away from the field, let alone leave the stadium early. Those who love to read about this great pastime will have the same feeling when reading about Denny Grenville, on and off the field. " --Alan Cheuse, "The Chicago Tribune" and "All Things Considered"
"Sings with joy and tragedy in clear, uncynical and original tones the way few novels do anymore...Lombardo's novel is an amazing debut, as a lyrical paean to the national pastime and as a touching exploration of the life of a boy becoming a man both blessed and burdened with a unique and extraordinary talent. We gain real in

Praise for "The Man With Two Arms"
"The best baseball themed fiction so far this decade." --Allen Barra
"Undoubtedly modern America''s finest literary tribute to the baseball since Bernard Malamud''s novel "The Natural."... Lombardo''s one of a kind novel about a one of a kind ball player becomes as engrossing as a perfect game going into the late innings. If you''re in the stands, you don''t want to look away from the field, let alone leave the stadium early. Those who love to read about this great pastime will have the same feeling when reading about Denny Grenville, on and off the field. " --Alan Cheuse, "The Chicago Tribune" and "All Things Considered"
"Sings with joy and tragedy in clear, uncynical and original tones the way few novels do anymore...Lombardo''s novel is an amazing debut, as a lyrical paean to the national pastime and as a touching exploration of the life of a boy becoming a man both blessed and burdened with a unique and extraordinary talent.l

Praise for "The Man With Two Arms"

"The best baseball themed fiction so far this decade." --Allen Barra

"Undoubtedly modern America''s finest literary tribute to the baseball since Bernard Malamud''s novel "The Natural".... Lombardo''s one of a kind novel about a one of a kind ball player becomes as engrossing as a perfect game going into the late innings. If you''re in the stands, you don''t want to look away from the field, let alone leave the stadium early. Those who love to read about this great pastime will have the same feeling when reading about Denny Grenville, on and off the field. " --Alan Cheuse, "The Chicago Tribune" and "All Things Considered"

"Sings with joy and tragedy in clear, uncynical and original tones the way few novels do anymore...Lombardo''s novel is an amazing debut, as a lyrical paean to the national pastime and as a touching exploration of the life of a boy becoming a man both blessed and burdened with a unique and extraordinary talent. We gain real insight into what it means to be, literally, the only one of one''s kind in the world, and it is accomplished beautifully... it''s awfully good, reminiscent of the baseball wonder stories of W. P. Kinsella and Michael Chabon and, yes, Bernard Malamud. "The Man with Two Arms" is a child that has indeed lived up to every one of its father''s expectations." -- "Flagpole" (Athens, GA)

"A sophisticated book with a deceptively simple title...The game descriptions and conversation are both spot on. Characterization is strong, with no cardboard characters to be found." -- "Spitball Magazine"

"Lombardo writes with a naturalness that makes his street-smart surface wholly convincing, but the seeming effortlessness of his storytelling depends on a sophisticated sense of craft and a deep sense of empathy." --Stuart Dybek

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