The Man with Two Arms

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Denny 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. Denny 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 Denny 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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"A switch pitcher? A guy as good as Seaver righty and Koufax lefty? The thought intrigues as does Billy Lombardo's touching and original debut novel."-Bob Costas
"Undoubtedly modern America s finest literary tribute to the baseball since Bernard Malamud s novel "The Natural"e. 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"
"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
"Baseball stories are so often about fathers and sons too often, it seems, too predictably and too sappily, but Billy Lombardo has given us an intriguing and layered look at the hoary old love triangle Dad, Son and the National Pastime. "The Man With Two Arms" is a beguiling tale, with pleasant surpises and just the right mix of affection and cynicism. It understands the game but just as much, it understands what the game can do to those whom it ensnares."-Frank Deford
"Lombardo is as deft at handling the comic and tragic aspects of his story as his creation, Billy, is at whizzing them in from both sides of the plate. Let s subtitle "The Man with Two Arms" The Unnatural and call it the best baseball-themed fiction so far this decade. "Dallas Morning News"
""The Man With Two Arms" ranks with "The Natural" as one of the finest baseball novels I've ever read. And like "The Natural," it's about much more than a game. It's about fathers and sons, dreams and regrets, love and betrayal. Lombardo has written a breathtaking wonder of a book."-Jonathan Eig, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig" and "Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season"
"Billy Lombardo writes in his new book, 'Baseball was about grace and beauty and character, it was about strength and achievement.' From a story-telling sense, the same can be said of "The Man with Two Arms.""-Ira Berkow, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, author of "The Corporal Was a Pitcher" and "Full Swing: Hits, Runs and Errors in a Writer's Life"
"Billy Lombardo's wildly original novel should rate right up there with "The Natural" and "The Celebrant." Danny Granville, the teen-age switch-pitching marvel, might become a serendipitous hero to many who spend their hours thinking, reading and dreaming about the wonders of the Summer Game." -Ray Robinson, author of "Iron Horse: Lou Gehrig and His Time"
"Engaging from the first sentence and intriguing to the last, this improbable- yet-awesomely-realistic story made me think differently about baseball, life and love." -Zack Hample, author of "Watching Baseball Smarter"
"The Man With Two Arms" isn t simply a baseball book; it s about family, about the unique, incomparable relationship between a father and son, about survival and competition itself. "New City Lit"
This book hooked me deeper from the start, especially with its tender portrayal of a man as a husband and father -- Catholic Sensibility Blog"

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Billy Lombardo is the author of The Logic of a Rose: Chicago Stories, a Chicago Tribune Best Fiction of 2005 selection. He teaches in the English department at The Latin School of Chicago. He founded and directs Polyphony HS, a student-run national literary magazine for high school writers and editors. His novel, Man With Two Arms is due from Overlook.

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