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Diamonds Are Trumps
     

Diamonds Are Trumps

by Marty Slattery
 

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Lovers of America's greatest game once again have the chance to spend time in the compassionate, funny, and oh-so-humane presence of author Marty Slattery with this new publication of his novel Diamonds Are Trumps. Through his character Bill Mahoney, Slattery shares his personal knowledge of the game (he pitched in the minor leagues) and his consuming passion for its

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Lovers of America's greatest game once again have the chance to spend time in the compassionate, funny, and oh-so-humane presence of author Marty Slattery with this new publication of his novel Diamonds Are Trumps. Through his character Bill Mahoney, Slattery shares his personal knowledge of the game (he pitched in the minor leagues) and his consuming passion for its players.
With bone chips in his elbow that make his arm hurt all the way up to his ear, and scars on his middle-aged soul, Mahoney is something of a wounded knight errant. But when the umpire yells "Play ball!" Bill rises to dance to baseball's perpetual melody.
Emotionally hollow and growing more passive with each birthday, Bill is skidding through his life, aching from lost loves and unfulfilled hopes. But the Dream is not done with him yet, and gradually, Bill understands the gifts the game can give him.
In this 2008 publication of Diamonds Are Trumps-with a new introduction by Dr. James P. Elliott-author Marty Slattery gives his readers the gift of a funny, poignant, and lyrical novel about baseball as it's played in the minor leagues and life as it's played beyond the dugout.

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Library Journal
Bill Mahoney is pushing 40--an old man in minor league baseball. Bone chip problems kept him out of the major leagues, but his perserverance and love of the game make him feel most alive when he's playing. His personal life has been disastrous--a failed marriage, alcoholism, problems with his father and a dead brother--but baseball has always been there to revive him and sustain him. The current season, probably his last, triggers a series of memories interspersed with the pressures of winning. The baseball background here is vivid and on target, but the characterizations are sometimes unfocused. However, humor, nostalgia and camaraderie are very much in evidence; and this first novel by a former minor league pitcher should appeal to public library patrons, including YAs.-- Robert H. Donahugh, formerly with Youngstown & Mahoning Cty. P.L., Ohio

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935052005
Publisher:
White River Press
Publication date:
04/15/2008
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

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