The news of his father's terminal cancer leads a man to try to come to grips with a tragic event in his past. Grisham alternates the story lines between present-day, the story of rookie phenom Calico Joe Castle, and events from the author's childhood. He shifts between first and third person depending on the story line he's telling, and the technique works. The narration is first-rate and the story itself is predictable but still entertaining. Though I'm a baseball fanatic, I didn't enjoy it as much as Playing for Pizza, another Grisham sports-themed book. In all, this is a good, though fairly short book. It's novella-length, so buying it with a membership credit is worth it if you really like baseball or Grisham. I definitely wouldn't pay retail for it.
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