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Past the Bleachers

Bohjalian, Christopher A.

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ISBN 10: 0881848026 / ISBN 13: 9780881848021
Published by Carroll & Graf Pub
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0881848026 NOTE: This is the Hardcover Version. Book has very light bumping to corners. Interior is clean. > SIGNED by Author. > First edition. > DJ Acceptable. Light edge wear. Water damage to back cover. Bookseller Inventory # CORV-BBC-0K76113

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Title: Past the Bleachers

Publisher: Carroll & Graf Pub


Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Agreeing to coach what would have been his son's baseball team after his son Nathaniel's death at the age of ten, Bill Parris hopes to exorcise his grief, even when a new boy who looks disturbingly like Nathaniel joins the team.

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From the author of Hangman (1991) and A Killing in the Real World (1988), a tug-at-the-heartstrings baseball novel-- authentically moving in places but, finally, too programmatically sentimental. A Vermont couple--Bill and Harper Parrish--lose their son Nathaniel to leukemia when he's only ten, and the process of grieving includes both ferocious lovemaking and a decision by Bill (a development officer at a local college) to coach the town's Triple A level Little League team, ``the level that Nathaniel would have reached'' in a year. Among the ten- and eleven-year-olds appears Lucky Diamond, a mute who writes on a notepad. The story of Lucky--apparently the son of a mountain logger--begins to overlap with flashbacks of Nathaniel (playing dice baseball with Bill in the hospital); job and coaching incidents; and the domestic healing taking place between Bill and Harper (she finally gets pregnant). We enter ``a 5 a.m. world of fathers without sons.'' Meanwhile, Lucky, who lives in a remote mobile home, doesn't seem to attend school. Bill, protective of Lucky, finally gives him Nathaniel's old glove when his glove is stolen; then, after a series of offstage accidents, Bill confronts the commissioner of the Little League, who knows something. What's discovered is that Lucky's real father was the pro ballplayer Ben Slaughter, who died in a car wreck and left behind a pregnant young lover. While all of these later revelations are a bit forced, Bohjalian cleverly works out the ending every reader will see coming from a mile away. Bill adopts Lucky. Harper has her baby, and the world is an almost perfect place. Bohjalian handles Little League and his Vermont milieu well enough, but this one's too predictable in its overall pattern if not in its particulars. Still, a good get-out-your-handkerchief read for ball fans. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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