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In Days Of Awe

Goodman, Eric

ISBN 10: 0394589122 / ISBN 13: 9780394589121
Published by Knopf, 1991
Used Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: In Days Of Awe

Publisher: Knopf

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition

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In a novel mixed with excitement and emotion, Goodman introduces readers to "one of the most lovable characters to bound off the pages of recent fiction" ( St. Louis Post-Dispatch.) A star pitcher who has been banned from baseball for intentionally loading the bases at the suggestion of his bookie father sets out to win forgiveness on a comic and treacherous journey to reconciliation.

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During the Days of Awe, which fall between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Jews ask forgiveness from those they've sinned against. Nearly everyone in Goodman's immensely appealing second novel (after The First Time I Saw Jenny Hall ) wants forgiveness, including Joe Singer: "born to a boy's adventure tale, he'd landed ass-up in tragedy." The adventure was becoming baseball's best pitcher; the tragedy was being banned for "throwing" a game; put up to the scam by his father, Joe feels he has shamed his race, his team and himself. Recently moved to California, Joe seeks atonement from "the wrathful God of Jewish athletes" after his Monday-and-Wednesday affair (he has another woman on Tuesdays and Thursdays) is violently ended by a psychotic husband. He falls in love with Frannie, who wants forgiveness for hateful thoughts she's harbored since her father ax-murdered her mother. But Frannie lives with Des, an activist minister who runs a shelter and heads up a political campaign for gun control. Joe finally finds atonement, but only after he surmounts danger and guilt in equal measure through a series of funny, suspenseful events. Although readers may want Joe to lighten up, readers will enjoy this introspective yet briskly paced novel that never takes itself too seriously. Author tour.
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