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Backstop
     

Backstop

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by J. Conrad Guest
 

You know Backstop. He plays for any team in any city in America with a major league ball club. You cheer him when he delivers, and boo him when he doesn't. In what could be his last game after 14 years in the major leagues-the seventh game of the World Series-Backstop chronicles his rookie season, takes the reader to Chicago where he finds romance, and reveals the

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You know Backstop. He plays for any team in any city in America with a major league ball club. You cheer him when he delivers, and boo him when he doesn't. In what could be his last game after 14 years in the major leagues-the seventh game of the World Series-Backstop chronicles his rookie season, takes the reader to Chicago where he finds romance, and reveals the heartbreak he endured in the aftermath of an adulterous affair.

Fellow Michigan writer and author of Landscape with Fragmented Figures Jeff Vande Zande writes of Backstop: "J. Conrad Guest offers an entertaining and instructive journey into both major league baseball and major league matters of the heart."

While Rachael Perry, also a Michigan writer, says, "Baseball, like love, is a game of errors and regrets. Pop-outs, ground-outs, strike-outs. A bad swing, a bad throw, a bad hop. But what captivates us most is the possibility of the next at-bat, of the chance for a rally, of an unlikely clutch play that suddenly changes the stakes. This is where J. Conrad Guest meets us in Backstop: in this beautiful, hopeful place closest to our hearts, where we play for the love of the game, and we love with everything we have."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935171317
Publisher:
Second Wind Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
01/01/2010
Pages:
222
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range:
15 Years

Meet the Author

J. Conrad Guest is the author of January's Paradigm. For this, his second novel, he combines his love and knowledge of baseball with romance and the heartbreak of betrayal. Not your typical romance novel, Backstop can perhaps best be described as a literary Bull Durham, sure to appeal to purists of the game as well as those who enjoy a good love story.

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Backstop 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Dellani_Oakes More than 1 year ago
Backstop ¿ A Baseball Love Story in Nine Innings by J. Conrad Guest, is a unique novel. Told in first person by the catcher, or backstop, of the Detroit Tigers, it chronicles his career from rookie to career's end. Backstop, as everyone calls him, is an interesting man who breaks the jock mold. Hardly dumb, he continually surprises the reader with his intuitive insights and literary interests. Darlene, the woman who wins Backstop's heart, is also an interesting character. Hurt by a bad relationship, she's loathe to commit, but finds herself drawn to this far from ordinary man. It's up to Backstop to win her heart, but can he keep her love and trust? Backstop's reflections on his relationship with Darlene are interspersed with with play by play account of baseball games. Though I know very little about baseball, I enjoyed the descriptions. J. Conrad Guest makes the game come alive with his words. The reader can visualize the events as they unfold. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a great baseball game and a good romance. Five gold acorns! © Dellani Oakes 2011
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Baseball, like love, is a game of errors and regrets. Pop-outs, ground-outs, strike-outs. A bad swing, a bad throw, a bad hop. But what captivates us most is the possibility of the next at- bat, of the chance for a rally, of an unlikely clutch play that suddenly changes the stakes. This is where J. Conrad Guest meets us in Backstop: in this beautiful, hopeful place closest to our hearts, where we play for the love of the game, and we love with everything we have." ?Rachael Perry, author of How to Fly