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Set in a working-class Brooklyn neighborhood in 1947, this poignant tale revolves around two of the most endearing characters in recent fiction: an eleven-year-old Irish Catholic boy named Michael Devlin and Rabbi Judah Hirsch, a refugee from Prague. From their initial chance encounter in a swirling blizzard one Saturday morning to the mute awe they share at first setting eyes on the hallowed grounds of Ebbets Field, Hamill brings to life the richness and complexity of this most remarkable friendship. For Michael, the rabbi's stories of ancient magic and wisdom captivate his imagination and transport him to times and places even his beloved comic book heroes have never visited. For the rabbi, Michael's patient instruction on the language of baseball and American culture opens up an equally strange and magical world.

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"As in his memoir A Drinking Life, Hamill, in this beautifully woven tale, captures perfectly the daily working-class world of postwar Brooklyn. Sounding religious overtones that will thrill believers and make non-believers pause, he examines with a cool head and a big heart the vulnerabilities and inevitable oneness of humankind." Publishers Weekly

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"Hamill...serves up a coming-of-age tale with a hearty dose of magical realism mixed in." Library Journal

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"A slow-moving opening, with Hamill as earnestly humorless as ever, but the time-warp element and terrific descriptions will appeal to many." Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Pete Hamill is a novelist, journalist, editor, and screenwriter. He has served as editor-in-chief of both the New York Post and the New York Daily News. He has published eight novels, including the best-selling Snow in August, as well as the memoir A Drinking Life.

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arielibra, August 9, 2012 (view all comments by arielibra)
I have to be a dissenting voice to all the love. Problem of Evil + magic realism = very bad book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780446675253
Author:
Hamill, Pete
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Location:
New York, NY :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
Jewish way of life
Subject:
Baseball
Subject:
Baseball stories
Subject:
Brooklyn
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Historical fiction
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Literature-A to Z
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Edition Number:
Warner Books ed.
Edition Description:
Warner Books
Series Volume:
1999-209363.
Publication Date:
19991031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.02x5.32x.98 in. .72 lbs.

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Product details 384 pages Warner Books - English 9780446675253 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "As in his memoir A Drinking Life, Hamill, in this beautifully woven tale, captures perfectly the daily working-class world of postwar Brooklyn. Sounding religious overtones that will thrill believers and make non-believers pause, he examines with a cool head and a big heart the vulnerabilities and inevitable oneness of humankind." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "Hamill...serves up a coming-of-age tale with a hearty dose of magical realism mixed in."
"Review" by , "A slow-moving opening, with Hamill as earnestly humorless as ever, but the time-warp element and terrific descriptions will appeal to many."
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