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Havana Heat: A Novel

Brock, Darryl

ISBN 10: 189212923X / ISBN 13: 9781892129239
Published by Total/Sports Illustrated, Kingston, NY, 2000
Condition: As New Hardcover
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Title: Havana Heat: A Novel

Publisher: Total/Sports Illustrated, Kingston, NY

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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A former star hurler for John McGraw's brawling Giants, Luther "Dummy" Taylor was also one of Major League Baseball's first deaf players. Havana Heat follows Taylor's life and fortunes when, after a strong season in the bushes in 1911, he comes to believe that he has one last shot at returning to his old dream. He works his thirty-six-year-old arm into shape by pitching to his brother in the evenings and, after wrestling with the decision to leave his wife to pursue his dream, becomes determined to hunt down McGraw and ask for another chance. Allowed to accompany the Giants on a barnstorming trip to Cuba, Taylor gets far more than he has bargained for as he faces the renowned Havana teams and a profound challenge thrust upon him by a deaf Cuban youngster. During quieter moments in the trip's turbulent course, Taylor takes a long look at his career, his marriage, and his life. As he meets unexpected trials on the island, Taylor gains insight into what he can still offer the world besides his pitching arm. Darryl Brock authored the highly acclaimed novel If I Never Get Back, as well as articles on Mark Twain, baseball, and other subjects in numerous publications. Havana Heat won the Dave Moore Award for the most important book on baseball in 2000. Brock lives with his wife and daughter in Berkeley, California.


"This is a good novel that just happens to be about baseball, and it deserves a wide audience."-San Diego Union-Tribune * San Diego Tribune * "Taylor, as imagined by Brock, is a unique, charming character, and the novel's evocation of early-20th-century baseball, with its loose discipline and colorful players, is vivid and convincing."-Sports Illustrated * Sports Illustrated * "A small gem. . . . [It] takes off when the Giants hit Cuba. The parades, the nightlife and, especially, the players' peccadilloes and gambles move the story as fast as a no-hitter in June."-USA Today * USA Today * "Brock is one of the finest baseball fiction writers around, lucidly rendering the passions, disappointments, and excitement of the sport while capturing the defining details of the era he depicts. . . . Brock's re-creation of the John McGraw era in all its rough and tumble vestiges and period details is vivid and believable."-Publishers Weekly * Publishers Weekly * "A rewarding slice of baseball and American history."-Library Journal * Library Journal * "Only Darryl Brock would attempt a narrative told by a character who can neither speak nor hear. From this blank slate, a tale of color and noise emerges in Havana Heat, fresh and naive, primitive, uplifting, and finally bittersweet. Just as in If I Never Get Back, I was drawn effortlessly into the historical setting and lives of the characters. What's more, the baseball writing is on the money."-Larry Dierker * Larry Dierker *

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