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As the beloved, hard-working general manager of a Major League Baseball team in California, “Baseball Wizard” Joe Ciotola has given his life to the sport but lost too much in the bargain. Single, childless, disillusioned about baseball, and swamped with regrets after missing the deaths of both of his parents, the 50-year-old Bronx native quits his job and goes looking for something — anything — more satisfying than a life spent juggling rosters, recruiting players, and balancing budgets. On his way to Anywhere, U.S.A., he stops in a strange place called Salvation, a forgotten desert town where time seems to stand still and where Old Testament values divide the locals between the Saved and the Damned. There, Joe meets Mia, a pitiful creature whose future has been written by the town’s leaders, and who can’t stay without making the ultimate sacrifice. The choices Joe and Mia make together, and the bonds they create with another woman who emerges from Joe’s past, shape their lives forever, revealing the power of connections formed from the ashes of great loss. A baseball book wrapped in a domestic drama, Mia teaches us as much about love and family as it does about the imperfect history of America’s beautiful game.
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About the Author
Joseph Sciuto was born and raised in New York City where he spent his early years listening to his Italian-American grandmother’s vivid stories about how their family was responsible for building much of the impressive Manhattan skyline, including the Empire State Building. The rich flavor of her stories works its way through his writing. Sciuto holds degrees from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Stony Brook University and a post-graduate certificate in Film Studies from New York University. After studying psychology, film, theatre, literature and English as an undergrad, Sciuto relocated to Southern California to attend graduate school at Loyola Marymount University where he studied writing and film. Mia is Sciuto’s fifth novel, following the success of Hollywood Riptide, Targeted Demographics, Per Verse Vengeance and Sofia. Visit Joe Sciuto on his blog, “A Curious View,” at www.acuriousview.com.