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Shoeless Joe Jackson Comes to Iowa: Stories

W. P Kinsella

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ISBN 10: 0870743554 / ISBN 13: 9780870743559
Published by Southern Methodist University Press, 1993
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Fine in fine dust jacket. First edition thus, the first hardcover edition of this collection of short stories, most notable "Shoeless Joe Jackson Comes To Iowa". Kinsella expanded this story into the famed novel "Shoeless Joe" which in turn was the basis for the movie "Field Of Dreams". Bookseller Inventory # E17170

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Title: Shoeless Joe Jackson Comes to Iowa: Stories

Publisher: Southern Methodist University Press

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: fine

Edition: First edition thus.

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Ten stories deal with a farmer who loves baseball, a carpenter repairing a broken doll, a clever prostitute, and a wandering salesman

From Kirkus Reviews:

Kinsella, best known for The Iowa Baseball Confederacy (1986), here offers his third collection, originally published in 1980 in Canada: a grab-bag of old stories and oddities, most notable for the piece out of which grew a novel and then the movie Field of Dreams. The settings include Iowa, of course, as well as Canada and San Francisco. The title story later became Shoeless Joe and then, even later, the Kevin Costner movie. In it, a baseball announcer's voice very clearly says to the narrator, ``If you build it, he will come.'' He does (Shoeless Joe Jackson, that is) and says, looking around the ballfield, ``This must be heaven.'' ``No, it's Iowa,'' the narrator replies. At this point, the story is a curiosity more than anything else, its significance archival more than aesthetic, but it is the piece that will draw readers to the collection. ``Fiona the First,'' the opener, is about a pickup artist, an aluminum-window salesman who pretends to be whatever works; the story reaches for a kind of fabulism but falls flat--despite some clever repartee. In ``A Picture of the Virgin,'' some guys go to a famous whorehouse in Edmonton, and the narrator, ``somewhat of a virgin,'' ends up telling a long--and predictable, even tedious- -shaggy-dog story. Last, in ``First Names and Empty Pockets''--the most original tale here--the narrator fantasizes about meeting Janis Joplin and becoming her savior, keeping her from her own worst vices. Only for fans who want the entire oeuvre; others would do better to go to Kinsella's baseball novels to discover his most notable work. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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