Throw Like a Woman

Throw Like a Woman

by Susan Petrone

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Overview

Forty years old, divorced, with two sons on the verge of adolescence and an ex-husband who considers visitation to be optional, Brenda Haversham isn't having a whole lot of fun. She's also no longer qualified for the work she loves, so she's working in a cubicle instead while trying to make ends meet. Brenda is short on money, short on connection with her kids, and short on any kind of social life. The only thing Brenda has in abundance is her anger. And that turns out to be her greatest asset. When she was a kid, Brenda's father taught her how to throw a good fastball. That wasn't of much use to a girl, but it is enough to astound onlookers at a "test your speed" pitching cage before a Cleveland Indians game. The more Brenda pictures her ex-husband's face on the other end, the harder she throws. And when someone tapes her performance and puts it up online, Brenda becomes an Internet sensation – and then more than that. Soon, the Indians come calling and Brenda finds her life taking a turn in a new direction. She finds herself standing on the mound as the first woman player in Major League history – and dealing with everything that comes with it. The money is great and the endorsement deals are even better. The fury of "traditionalists," not so much. And the conflicting emotions of her teammates are even harder to manage. Meanwhile, Brenda's home life is evolving faster than she can keep up, redefining her role as a mother, a friend, and even a lover. As the season winds down Brenda will find out if she has what it takes to be a winner – at both baseball and life. A funny, poignant, and endearing debut from a writer of rare warmth and humanity, THROW LIKE A WOMAN is a 95-mile-an-hour heater of a novel.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611882193
Publisher: Story Plant
Publication date: 03/15/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 316
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Susan Petrone lives with one husband, one child, and two dogs in
Cleveland, Ohio. In addition to writing fiction, she blogs about her beloved Cleveland Indians at itspronouncedlajaway.com. Her best pitch is a breaking ball.


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Throw Like A Woman 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a baseball fan, but this book is about more than just baseball. Characters that are real and that you care about. Finished it in one sitting, just could not put it down. Highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book tremendously. I am a baseball fan, but didn't need to be to read this book. It was simple, but so well done and so believable. It didn't disappoint and I have told several family and co-workers about the book. Just ......WELL DONE.
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brf1948 More than 1 year ago
I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway from Susan Petrone.. I began reading it after I watched the Ticker Tape Parade in New York for the World Champ Women's Soccer Team - YEAH! Within a page or two, I was hooked. Thank you for sharing this novel with me, Ms. Petrone. Brenda Haversham is Everymom. And EverySingleMom. She is every woman out there who buried their childhood dreams and chose to be a parent instead. For a whole lot of us, it was a choice - and not always an easy one. I loved this story. This was a book I couldn't put down until it was finished - and very satisfactorily. I cannot wait for this to really happen! Pick up a copy, please, and give it a read. I promise you will love it.
umpireplb More than 1 year ago
As improbable and outrageous as it seems to diehard baseball traditionalists, Brenda Haversham finds herself at the nexus of a brave new world when she unexpectedly lands a job as the first woman to pitch for a major league team. How Brenda and the Haversham family navigate her sudden ascent to stardom and chaos is what drives the plot, not boring accounts of all the bad things she is subjected to by the haters who believe she's just a bad joke or a litany of complaints about the travails she is forced to endure as the "first woman" Cleveland Indian. Kudos to author Susan Petrone, who makes the improbable seem more than just possible; she makes it seem inevitable. Smart, snappy dialogue, wildly witty exchanges between characters, and a clever plot device that weaves disparate threads into a unified narrative, all serve to make "Throw Like a Woman" a uniquely satisfying reading experience. Petrone hits it out of the park!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book wouldn't have been my first choice to read since I usually read historically based fiction and romance, but I'm glad I read it. The concept of a woman pitching in the major leagues is a novel idea. Although this isn't a romance novel it contains just enough romance to make it interesting. Being a huge baseball fan the cover intrigued me so I thought I'd give it a try. I'm certainly glad I did. I finished it in just over 2 days. I found the characters very engaging and highly recommend reading it. Brenda Haversham is a divorced 40 year old mother of 2 boys.When she was a kid, Brenda's father taught her how to throw a good fastball. That wasn't of much use to a girl, but it is enough to astound onlookers at a "test your speed" pitching cage before a Cleveland Indians game. The more Brenda pictures her ex-husband's face on the other end, the harder she throws. Can a woman make it in the Major Leagues? I received an ARC free from Netgalley so I could leave an honest review of this book.
Fuerstbase More than 1 year ago
Wish I could throw like this woman. If you love baseball, a fun read. Day is coming soon when this will not be fiction
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It reads like it really could happen If you love baseball, you need to read this book
ellison61 More than 1 year ago
A 40-year-old woman throws a ball 82-mph, it is captured on cell phone vid and posted. She is asked to play on a local Rec League team. She gets an endorsement. An on-line petition gets her signed by the Indians. After a brief stay in the Minors she gets promoted to the Majors where her teammates bully her and fans protest. Swearing and a hook-up. A casual overview, no game action until half-way through. Towards the end a villain appears and aspires to alter her existence.
MissBethBC More than 1 year ago
I love sports stories, baseball, romance and a well resolved story with problems.   I got it all with Susan Petrone's novel, Throw Like a Woman. This was women's fiction at it's finest.  It was easy to relate and empathize with a hard working single mom -- her anger over a cheating husband, an ended marriage, and trying to re-establish a family of three from four.   Anger was Brenda Haversham's defining word. This story was told in a realistic fashion....how upset would the world of baseball and men only sports be if women were allowed "in"?   This brought all kinds of issues front and center.  Some of Brenda's reactions were humorous and some situations were downright terrifying....not only for Brenda, but also for her kids. There was definitely a ring of truth though with the reality of the heart of a woman.   Brenda's heart was determined to be successful, support her family, hide her wounded pride and any weaknesses from her coaches and teammates, and yet show compassion to her teammates.  Eventually she would even calm herself enough to listen to her ex and resolve the anger within.    Would she still be able to pitch without it? Find out for yourself in this fast paced enjoyable story about the first woman to join the major leagues and how she survives it.
Constantson More than 1 year ago
While you're waiting for the season opener, join Brenda Haversham, a recently divorced mother who is lives in an inner ring Cleveland suburb. Her graphic art skills are outdated and she works in data entry, barely making ends meet. She's rich in anger though, mostly for her cheating ex who may or may not show up for his bi-weekly afternoons with his two sons. When Brenda throws an impressive 86 mph pitch at a Cleveland Indians ballpark concourse game, she's filmed by bystanders and soon becomes an Internet sensation. Shortly thereafter, she's recruited by a rec team and scouted by major league teams. Petrone delivers a thoroughly enjoyable Cinderella story full of humor and a thorough understanding of the fine points of baseball. That's not to say that there aren't bumps in the road when Brenda assumes her role as Cleveland Indians "Stopper," and the first woman to play in the major leagues. Brenda's adolescent son is not exactly thrilled with his mom's new job, and a budding romance threatens to make Brenda too happy to muster the anger she needs to pitch. Then there are the threats and trash talk from detractors. Brenda's team mates aren't exactly welcoming either, but Brenda is sassy enough to deal with it all. Petrone's wit is especially evident in the laugh out loud repartee between Brenda and her team mates.  This story is a balm to the winter blues. It's too tempting to use a baseball metaphor and say that Petrone hits it out of the park.
WildAboutBones More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars! Loved it. Read it in one sitting. This is not my usual genre, but I’m a sports and Ohio fan, so thought I'd give it a try, and I’m so glad I did. It was funny—loved the sports zingers—with a little bit of romance, and painted what I think is an accurate portrayal of what would happen if a woman not only tried out for a major league baseball franchise but actually made the team. I couldn't put it down and ended up unintentionally reading it in one sitting—all night long, literally. 9 am saw me hitting chapter 23, so I continued through to the end. I really enjoyed this story, and it was definitely worth staying up all night to read. I adored the Charlie character. He reminded me so much of one of the local Ohio sportscasters. I found all the characters vibrant and interesting, and the heroine read and felt real. I will definitely be reading Susan Petrone’s next book. I highly recommend this to all sports fans, whether they be male or female. I’d also recommend it to sports romance fans and romantic comedy fans. But don’t worry men, there’s just a splash of romance here and there, so you can enjoy it and still keep your man card status intact. My only issue? I’m upset because the NetGalley copy I read is an expiring DRM, and I won't be able to come back and re-read again and again. Source: NetGalley
Murasake More than 1 year ago
Brenda Haversham is a forty-year-old divorced mother of two boys who is struggling to make ends meet. She's working in an insurance company, having abandoned her art and her graphic design career when she married. She's never played baseball except with her sons and, long ago, with her late father. But her father taught her to throw a mean fastball. And curveball. And sinker. And a few other pitches. On a Little League outing with her sons to a Cleveland Indians game, she takes a turn in the pitcher's cage, and one of her pitches is clocked at 82 miles an hour. Her son's coach recruits her onto his own recreational league baseball team, and she unknowingly takes the first steps on a wild trip to becoming a female Jackie Robinson. I love Brenda, and I love this book. Brenda is a flawed but fundamentally decent human being, a loving mother, and a tough ball player. She struggles with her personal demons in an utterly recognizable way. The other characters are also layered, human, and understandable. Thirteen-year-old Andy is as difficult as any kid trying to make that transition from child to adult, but I suspect most parents would give a lot to have a son or daughter maturing as Andy is. It's a bumpy ride for Brenda and everyone around her, but an engrossing and ultimately very satisfying one. Highly recommended.
Laurie_K More than 1 year ago
A Whole New Level of Brave One of my favorite sports is baseball. I’m not a die-hard fanatic of the sport, but thoroughly enjoyed reading “Throw like A Woman,” because of the realistic angle it portrayed. It featured Brenda Haversham as a strong female who reached for a goal not many people would have the guts to pursue: a career in Major League Baseball. Brenda isn’t any female lead character. She’s motivated, intelligent, and older, with two rambunctious boys and an ex who chooses not to be involved in their lives. She won me over to her side as the story opened with her envisioning her ex’s face as the ball’s target. This idea might seem harsh, but when you read the story, you’ll see she has every right to feel the anger she does toward her ex, Ed. I wanted to strangle Ed’s character, especially toward the end, but Brenda’s sons were cute as heck in a destructive and fun-loving kind of way. It was amazing to read about the different team members, each of them stood out in a small but significant way. They are the type of characters who you want to know more about. My favorite team character was Stuart, from the Minor Leagues. He has a superstition about touching people. Also, the rapport (bullying) from a few Major League players worried me until I realized Brenda could hold her own with them. I loved how the bullying issue panned out, in the end. “Throw like A Woman” is packed with humor and grown-up words your mother would insist only hell’s angels would say (if hell’s angels played for the Cleveland Indians and had a woman’s body, heart, balls, and brains.) I’m a sucker for a romance story, and the sweet romance in this novel was outstanding. The sparks between Brenda and Charlie knock this story out of the park. A must read for those who love inspirational stories based on breaking societal barriers. *— Review disclosure — “Throw like a Woman” ARC was provided by the author and publisher  via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. *  ~ Book Escape Reviews, Laurie Kozlowski
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cause have you seen them pitching a soft ball!!! Just that age should be 25 and not forty and suggest a first would be in women all hard ball team first like hockey and basketball actually was a woman who could and that was Babe olympic gold who went into pro golf and married a wrester she looked very boyish but died of a woman c.a. believe she pitched in a special charity game in a league team
mob More than 1 year ago
Susan Petrone hits a grand slam with this fast, real and fascinating novel. Baseball provides the background as she tells the tale of Brenda Haversham, a single mom struggling to raise two boys after separating from her disaffected husband Ed. Oh, did I mention she can pitch a baseball from the mound at 82 MPH? This novel is a treat for baseball lovers and newbies alike. "Discovered" by baseball pros when a YouTube videos surfaces of her practice pitching as a lark in the baseball cage at a Cleveland Indians game, playing baseball becomes a driving force for change in her life. Before she can blink, Brenda lands an agent, endorsement deals and quits her dreary data-entry clerk job for financially security for her and her boys as the first female major league baseball player. But, all the good stuff doesn't come without its challenges, including absentee parenting, anger towards the ex, possible romantic entanglements, media scrutiny, fan backlash, team mate harassment, homesickness, sexism, and self-esteem issues. The author has written a novel rich in its characterizations from Brenda's struggles as a working mom through her older sons struggles as a teenager. The relationships and events in this novel are carefully crafted and multi-dimensional, even the philandering ex-husband. Brenda is a strong and smart women with a sense of humor and everything going for her, but she still doubts her abilities to deliver in baseball and have a fulfilling relationships with a man. I couldn't put this book down. This novel makes me want to see a woman in major leagues baseball, but in the mean time, I'll settle for a movie and a sequel to see what happens next to Brenda and family.
MaudN More than 1 year ago
Brenda Haversham is a 40-year-old recently divorced woman with a low center of gravity. As the mother of two sons, ages nine and thirteen, she struggles to provide them with a few of the perks they were used to when their father’s income supported them. Nothing extravagant: a new baseball glove, an mp3 player as a birthday present, a summer camp that they bike to each morning, and, come September, a few new clothes and supplies for school. When their father, Ed, fails to show up as promised one Saturday morning to take the boys out, Brenda takes them to the park and pitches to them. When she was a child, her father taught her to pitch, and the kinesthetic memory remains with her. She throws heat to her 13-year-old. And when she takes her sons to Progressive Field to  see an Indians-Tigers game, they take turns at a Test Your Speed pitching cage. The 13-year-old is clocked at 48mph, the 9-year-old at 33mph. Brenda then takes a turn and her three pitches are clocked at 79, 77, and 82 mph. She is throwing heat because she is imagining throwing at her ex-husband. An unknown somebody videotapes this, and the next thing Brenda knows, she’s on YouTube. From there the story escalates. She agrees to pitch for a local team. A sports agent pursues her and signs her. She is signed by the Cleveland Indians and sent to their Class A Lake County Captains as a reliever, and from there to the AAA Clippers team in Columbus. And then: she’s called up. Petrone is a good writer, one who understands the art and craft of the novel. Her characters are empathetic. The story moves forward easily, with the reader wondering what will happen next. The baseball conflicts are totally real: Brenda faces what every woman in a formerly-all-male profession faces. For starters, that means disdain, disgust, graphic sexual harassment, juvenile fixation on items such as tampons and jock straps, threats of violence, and the ever-present “invisibleness,” as if she’s not there.  Realistically, not every man behaves in this fashion, and Petrone brings to life not only the women haters, but also just regular men who judge other human beings by their performance, not their sex or the color of their skin. There are plenty of these men in baseball, and it feels good to see them in Petrone’s novel — they are signs of hope. Throwing Like a Woman is about more than baseball, though. Face it: life is about more than baseball. In Petrone’s story we can see the distance between pampered 20-year-olds and wiser-by-life 40-year-olds. Maturity, or lack of, is one of the themes running through the book. I especially liked the character development in Andy, Brenda’s 13-year-old son, as he begins to take steps into adulthood. Brenda Haversham’s name calls to mind Miss Havisham of Dickens’ Great Expectations. Jilted in love, Miss Havisham turns into a bitter character who grips others too tightly, molding them to her wishes and warping their lives. At the beginning of Throw Like a Woman, Brenda Haversham stands on the cusp of her new life. She, too, has been jilted. How will that play out? She is clearly unhappy. Will she become bitter? Will she mold her children into people who cannot experience love?  Or will she understand that life is like the four-seamer — a failure if you grip it too hard. But if you grip it “loosely, gently, to minimize friction between the hand and the ball,” the pitch will fly like a bird.