Swap

Swap

by Sam Moffie

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Overview

Swap by Sam Moffie

Sheldon Marsh is a half-Jewish, hearing impaired pitcher who had a few good seasons in the major leagues. He has a wonderful relationship with his mother-a movie obsessed woman who solves all of the world's problems by having the right title, actor or actress to arrive with the proper quote. Ala, life in the rust belt and politically corrupt and decaying city of Youngstown, Ohio is pretty dull. That is until Sheldon decides to trade his wife and family for a teammates wife and family and things change very rapidly for all.
SWAP is a story about coping. About making good and bad choices and dealing with the consequences from such choices.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780978606206
Publisher: UEL Enterprises
Publication date: 01/10/2007
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Sam Moffie is a fan of the movies and baseball. Both figure prominently in his first novel. A graduate of Wittenberg University and a resident of Youngstown, Ohio Moffie wrote his first novel at age 46 after deciding to stop managing real estate, taverns and fighting for lost causes. He has a lot more stories in him, because he has to take care of 3 children, 1 grand child, 3 dogs and 2 cats; not to mention at least one million bill collectors. For more on Sam please visit his web site www.samsstories.com

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Swap 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Kataman1 More than 1 year ago
This book reads like a very entertaining Richard Russo novel (Empire Falls). Sheldon Marsh is the main character whose entire life has been influenced by his mother and her love for movies. Sheldon and his mother spend their waking hours likening the real world to movies they have seen. When they are not doing this they are seeking advice from their favorite bartender they have nicknamed The Ralph. Sheldon a former major league pitcher, has issues with his wife and comes up with the brilliant idea of changing wives with his best friend Tom, who is also a pitcher that plays with Sheldon on the Indians minor league team. The author does a brilliant job of giving separate character studies of Tom and the two player's wives (Elizabeth and Lucy). Each one has their own issues. I really enjoyed this entertaining and sometimes hilarious look at another small town with wacky things happening. The author also gives a listing of each character at the end with what happened with the rest of their life (like the end of Animal House). I have just received the author's second book and look forward to another great read!
ApexReviews More than 1 year ago
Two couples - but each is with the wrong spouse. Although the premise of Swap is the story of two couples who trade spouses, children, and houses, in actuality that has very little to do with the book. Swap is really more of a study of the four people involved in the trade, with Sheldon Marsh, a minor league baseball player who once made it in the big leagues, at the center. There is really very little discussion about the swap itself (including some intriguing suggestions that the swap was a newsworthy event), although it certainly covers why the swap is made.

Sheldon is married to Eleanor, who is resentful of his affection for his mother and his disability (he is deaf in one ear). Although their marriage starts out well, they soon become miserable. Lucy is married to Tom, Sheldon's best friend and teammate, but Tom is a philanderer and womanizer. Sheldon falls in love with Lucy, Eleanor finds Tom exciting, and the swap is made.

Readers who prefer a linear story will not find it here, as the narrative jumps forward and backward in time throughout the book; however, you soon come to realize that the timeline does not matter because getting to know the characters is the true point of the book. While this may be confusing at first, once you let go of the need for a beginning-to-end story you can focus on Mr. Moffie's rich characters - which are caricatures - yet so real you feel as though you really know them by the end of the book.

Readers with delicate sensibilities will want to note that there are some explicit scenes and raunchy language in the book. It is a raucous tale that will both make you laugh and repulse you at the same time, and it will certainly entertain you. Last but not least, be sure to read the epilogue at the end for some amusing "where are they now" updates on all the characters.


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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book reads like a very entertaining Richard Russo novel (Empire Falls). Sheldon Marsh is the main character whose entire life has been influenced by his mother and her love for movies. Sheldon and his mother spend their waking hours likening the real world to movies they have seen. When they are not doing this they are seeking advice from their favorite bartender they have nicknamed The Ralph. Sheldon a former major league pitcher, has issues with his wife and comes up with the brilliant idea of changing wives with his best friend Tom, who is also a pitcher that plays with Sheldon on the Indians minor league team. The author does a brilliant job of giving separate character studies of Tom and the two player's wives (Elizabeth and Lucy). Each one has their own issues. I really enjoyed this entertaining and sometimes hilarious look at another small town with wacky things happening. The author also gives a listing of each character at the end with what happened with the rest of their life (like the end of Animal House). I have just received the author's second book and look forward to another great read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Swap is a book with an interesting and compelling story. It's a compendium of little known facts and useful knowledge. The book is an extradinary work that covers many aspects of life, all in one volume. The writing is great and Moffie especially shows talent when showing the reader some of the challengers that Sheldon the protagonist faces. The author builds suspense with well thought out plot twists. Moffie has done an enormous amount of research in order to make the book perfectly accurate, and for that he should be praised. The author undoubtedly is a movie maven, and is on his way to becoming a writing maven too. The book's writing isn't descriptive enough and at times the story jumps and skips certain elements. The organization of the book has the reader at times going in circles but it all works out if you are a patient reader.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Have you ever been out on a double date and found you have more in common with your friend¿s date than your own? Or maybe you have had impure thoughts about your best friend¿s wife. If so, Swap is the book for you. Sheldon and Tom are two minor league baseball stars with one thing in common: their marriages are failing. Sheldon¿s is failing because his wife has lost interest in him and she has eyes for another man, ¿ his best friend, Tom. And Tom¿s is failing because he has never quite grasped the concept of fidelity, and his wife has eyes for another man ¿ his best friend, Sheldon. So how do Sheldon and Tom decide to resolve the situation? Quite simply, they just swap wives. Swap is a fictional tale inspired by the New York Yankee family swap that occurred back in the seventies. The story is told from each of the four protagonists¿ point of view, providing insight into each character. Sheldon is a partially deaf baseball player who had a stint in the Major Leagues. Tom is a very conspicuous womanizer who is very proud of his extramarital activities. Tom¿s wife, Lucy, is a political activist Sheldon¿s wife, Eleanor, a victim of an abusive father, is struggling in her search for a happy and contented life. These characters come together to tell a brazen story that at times can be poignant, but is also hilarious and outrageous throughout. Swap is also a tale for movie lovers, as it is full of movie trivia: readers will find themselves playing the movie trivia game along with Sheldon¿s mother, a movie nut and one helluva a character who adds wisdom and good sense to the plot, along with movie quotes for every occasion. (So, if you know who played Frank Miller in High Noon, Swap is a must buy. Hint- it wasn¿t Lee Van Cleef). So if you are a mad movie enthusiast who likes a saucy tale with baseball and wife swapping, this is the book for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a baseball fan I have been surprised that no one has ever done a story on the infamous wife swapping incident. Sam Moffie has made his 1st novel a very witty one by using the trade of wives as a backdrop for a story that focuses on 5 main characters with a lot of humor. Some of the minoe players are very funny.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very witty and original book that used a real life baseball trade of wives and lives as a background. The characters were easy to follow despite the back and forth give and take of the main story, which makes sense at the end of the novel. I enjoyed the sub plots about the world of movies, politics and corruption in a decaying rust belt city and being hearing impaired in a perfect world.