Season's End

Season's End

by Tom Grimes
     
 

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Mike Williams tempts fate when he appears on the cover of Sports Illustrated at age twenty-one. He becomes a major league batting champion and a national icon as he travels from innocence to disillusionment. Through the prism of baseball, Season’s End examines the rich, dark themes of young love, fathers and sons, rags-to-riches wealth, and theSee more details below

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Mike Williams tempts fate when he appears on the cover of Sports Illustrated at age twenty-one. He becomes a major league batting champion and a national icon as he travels from innocence to disillusionment. Through the prism of baseball, Season’s End examines the rich, dark themes of young love, fathers and sons, rags-to-riches wealth, and the cult of celebrity in the media age.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This schizophrenic second novel from Grimes ( A Stone of the Heart ) veers from sluggish philosophizing and ponderous verbosity to snappy repartee and crisp narrative. Mike Williams, a left fielder and singles hitter for an unnamed major league baseball team, chronicles the intermittently compelling stories of his marriage to his high school sweetheart and battles with his agent, manager and team owner in the seasons between 1975 and the players' strike of 1981. Proposing baseball as an anchor of sanity in the craziness of the business world around it, Grimes contrasts the sharp realities of life with ``the sweet illusions of the game.'' The first part of the novel, charting Williams's rise to stardom and its burdens, is smugly pretentious and nearly chokes the sly, sardonic humor that is its principal redeeming feature, although the rest of the book is better focused. Williams observes, ``We are ballplayers. We accept the ineffable and get on with the game.'' Grimes should have have followed suit from early on. (Apr.)

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ISBN-13:
9780985180706
Publisher:
Narrative Magazine
Publication date:
10/15/2012

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