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“Grisham knocks it out of the park.”—The Washington Post
It’s the summer of 1973, and Joe Castle is the boy wonder of baseball, the greatest rookie anyone has ever seen. The kid from Calico Rock, Arkansas, dazzles Chicago Cubs fans as he hits home run after home run, politely tipping his hat to the crowd as he shatters all rookie records. Calico Joe quickly becomes the idol of every baseball fan in America, including Paul Tracey, the young son of a hard-partying and hard-throwing New York Mets pitcher. On the day that Warren Tracey finally faces Calico Joe, Paul is in the stands, rooting for his idol but also for his dad. Then Warren throws a fastball that will change their lives forever.
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“An enjoyable, heartwarming read that’s not just for baseball fans.”—USA Today
“Grisham has hit a home run. . . . Calico Joe is a great read, a lyrical ode to baseball, small-town America, youthful innocence and a young boy’s search for heroes.”—The Buffalo News
“[A] pleasure . . . Suffice to say [Grisham] knows his way around the ballpark as well as he does a courtroom.”—The Washington Times
Includes an excerpt of John Grisham’s The Racketeer
I started this book after lunch and couldn't put it down. It is a fascinating story of father-son relationships and redemption.
I grew up with the Expos in Montreal and followed baseball closely but this book will be of interest even if you have never been a fan?
Another home run by Grisham. Story takes the reader on a roller coaster ride of emotion and leaves us wanting to read the final story of these three men .... Warren, Joe and Paul.
Kept My Attention...
Bought it in the morning, finished it this afternoon. Enjoyed the read immensely. The story was somewhat predictable though and I would have enjoyed a couple more twists.