In A Great Day for a Ballgame, narrator Fielding is a writer who sells a story to a fashion magazine and is invited to meet the literary editor Amelia West in her midtown New York office. It turns out she's a fan and, surprise, she instantly likes him in person. For his part, he too is hooked, attracted by her beauty but also by the disarming fact that she really is in tune with him. She can appreciate his wit, observations, and theories. As they start dating, she even understands his concept of a storyline dialogue: two fictional characters, or real-life people, having a conversation that is moving toward the same end, so that their lines are interchangeable. At one point, when Amelia makes a comment, Fielding comically says, That's my line. Except for the cigarettes, this could be a story of the present or future, but its also good to see it as a part of New York's past. I had a remarkable feeling that I was in one of my own stories, the Fielding character says.
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About the Author
Dawson's fiction, essays and art/literary criticism have appeared in newspapers, magazines and anthologies in the U.S. and abroad. He has published 22 books--stories, memoirs, novels and poems. He's taught writing in U.S. prisons for nearly 17 years, while also working with at-risk teenagers in alternative high schools.