A Crooked Number

A Crooked Number

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by Nathan Jorgenson
     
 

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With a remarkable combination of pathos and humor, Nathan Jorgenson spins another unique and powerful yarn about the human condition. A Crooked Number chronicles the relationship of freshman dental student Grant Thorson and Professor Kate Bellows. Jorgenson weaves the themes young love, graduate school, and amateur baseball into a rich and tender coming-of-age story.… See more details below

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With a remarkable combination of pathos and humor, Nathan Jorgenson spins another unique and powerful yarn about the human condition. A Crooked Number chronicles the relationship of freshman dental student Grant Thorson and Professor Kate Bellows. Jorgenson weaves the themes young love, graduate school, and amateur baseball into a rich and tender coming-of-age story.

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
In Jorgenson's latest, undeniably sweet novel, Grant Thorson, a young dental student, meets and marries Kate Bellows, a beautiful young professor of dentistry. After the tragic loss of their first child, they open their dental practice in a small town and eventually have another baby, Ingrid. While this idyllic life suits them, Grant misses the baseball he played as an undergraduate. With Kate's blessing, he joins the town team, the Walleyes. Grant quickly becomes one of their most valuable players and helps take the Walleyes to the state championship and a brief taste of glory, and becomes a local baseball legend. The novel covers decades of ground easily, but seems to lack focus. While the love and devotion of Grant and Kate leaps off the page and the supporting characters are deftly drawn, the central story shifts from the courtship to the circle of friends and finally settles on baseball. The result feels like three different books. Moreover, soon after the courtship ends, Kate ceases being a real character and just becomes an appendage for Grant. This will be a disappointment to female readers who prized Kate's early independence. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780974637037
Publisher:
FLAT Rock Publishing
Publication date:
06/01/2011
Pages:
499
Sales rank:
585,514
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Nathan Jorgenson's wit and insight are unsurpassed by contemporary storytellers. He was the winner of the 2004 Benjamin Franklin Award for Best New Voice in Fiction, and is the author of Waiting for White Horses and The Mulligan.

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