Manderino's second novel is a comic gem. At forty, Hank has decided he's through with baseball - a routine pop-up fell on his head and he got the message. Trouble is, baseball is the one thing that's given any meaning to his life. This is the painfully funny story of a man who decides to get a life, but isn't sure how. It's about fathers and sons, heroes and whiners, the wheel of fortune (and Vanna White), baseball and the decline of Western civilization - and why Hall of Famer Nellie Fox always spat in his glove. One reader commented, 'This is a wonderful book: funny and touching. The characters are real and the situations they get into are riveting. The dialogue is great; the voices ring so true. An extremely enjoyable read, even for only casual fans of baseball'.
JOHN MANDERINO is the author of three novels and, most recently, Crying at Movies, a memoir. He lives with his wife, Marie, in Maine where he teaches writing at the University of Southern Maine. He is hard at work on his next book.