Brittle Innings

Brittle Innings

by Michael Bishop


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In 1943, at the height of World War II, the Highbridge Hellbenders of the the class-C Chattahoochee Valley League deep in Georgia acquire a 17-year-old shortstop from Oklahoma named Danny Boles. The Hellbenders snap him up because he's too young for the draft and preternaturally talented. In Highbridge, they make him the boarding-house roommate of an enormous first baseman with the awe-inspiring skill of blasting monster home runs out of the CVL's tumbledown ballparks. Known to his teammates as Jumbo Hank Clerval, this mysterious giant and the mute Danny Boles strike up an improbable friendship that culminates at the hot season's end in triumph and disappointment, not to mention a host of haunting discoveries in both the simmering South and the wind-swept Aleutian Islands.

Hailed by critics as a contender for the Great American Novel laurel, Brittle Innings evokes a bygone era of worldwide conflict and homeland unity. It also convincingly links documented wartime history with the immemorial mythology of the superhero and the legendary status of baseball as the unchallenged American pastime. If you read it, you will not forget it.

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ISBN-13: 9781933846316
Publisher: Fairwood Press
Publication date: 05/12/2012
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.96(d)

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Brittle Innings 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
iluvvideo More than 1 year ago
Intruiging read. Told as recollection of a 17 year old's first time away from home. He is travelling to Georgia in 1943 war torn southern America. His new job is as a professional baseball player in the Chatahoochee Valley League, a Class C team in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. He encounters, predjudice, racism, love, sex, and a friendship that he (and I) never would have expected. We learn about small town life during this era thru baseball and other life lessons. I'd like to write more and be more descriptive, but reading it yourself and finding all the pleasures in the story is too pleasurable for me to ruin. It succeeds as a biography, a sports novel, AND a sci-fi story. All elements were woven deftly into the story and were believable. I would DEFINITELY RECCOMEND this to you all!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago