The All-American: A Novel

The All-American: A Novel

by Susie Finkbeiner
The All-American: A Novel

The All-American: A Novel

by Susie Finkbeiner


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A 2024 Michigan Notable Book

"A moving novel, fit for inspiring any reader to dream big and believe that anything is possible."—BookPage


Two sisters discover how much good there is in the world—even in the hardest of circumstances

It is 1952, and nearly all the girls 16-year-old Bertha Harding knows dream of getting married, keeping house, and raising children in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. Bertha dreams of baseball. She reads every story in the sports section, she plays ball with the neighborhood boys—she even writes letters to the pitcher for the Workington Sweet Peas, part of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

When Bertha's father is accused of being part of the Communist Party by the House Un-American Activities Committee, life comes crashing down on them. Disgraced and shunned, the Hardings move to a small town to start over where the only one who knows them is shy Uncle Matthew. But dreams are hard to kill, and when Bertha gets a chance to try out for the Workington Sweet Peas, she packs her bags for an adventure she'll never forget.

Join award-winning author Susie Finkbeiner for a summer of chasing down your dreams and discovering the place you truly belong.


"Finkbeiner excels at illuminating history and the human condition through the voices of young people. Fans of the 1992 movie A League of Their Own will enjoy this, as will readers of women's fiction."—Library Journal

"In the vivid, episodic historical novel The All-American, a family targeted by McCarthy-era hysteria grows closer while they're awaiting justice; their dreams are kept alive despite the intrigue that ensnares them."—Foreword Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800739362
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/11/2023
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 405,433
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Susie Finkbeiner is the CBA bestselling author of All Manner of Things, which was selected as a 2020 Michigan Notable Book, as well as Stories That Bind Us, The Nature of Small Birds, and other novels. Susie and her husband have three children and live in West Michigan. Learn more at
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