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Here is one of the most remarkable, ambitious, and utterly original memoirs of this generation, a story of the losing and finding of self, of sex and love and fatherhood and the joy of language, of death and failure and heartbreak, of Los Angeles and Portland and Nicaragua and Mexico, and the shifting sands of place and meaning that can make up a culture, or a community, or a home.

Faced with the collapse of his sons Little League program-consisting mostly of Latino kids in the largely Asian suburb of Monterey Park, California-Jesse Katz finds himself thrust into the role of baseball commissioner for La Loma Park. Under its lights the yearnings and conflicts of a complex immigrant community are played out amid surprising moments of grace. Each day-and night-becomes a test of Jesses judgment and adaptability, and of his capacity to make this peculiar pocket of L.A.s Eastside his home.

While Jesse soothes egos, brokers disputes, chases down delinquent coaches and missing equipment, and applies popsicles to bruises, he forms unlikely alliances, commits unanticipated errors, and receives the gift of unexpected wisdom. But theres no less drama in Jesses complicated personal life as he grapples with a stepson who seems destined for trouble, comforts his mother (a legendary Oregon politician) when shes stricken with cancer, and receives hard lessons in finding-and holding on to-the love of a good woman.

Through it all, Jesses emotional mainstay is his beloved son, Max, who quietly bests his fathers brightest hopes. Over nine springs and summers with Max at La Loma, Jesse learns nothing less than what it takes to be a father, a son, a husband, a coach, and, ultimately, a man.

This is an epic book, a funny book, a sexy book, a rapturously evocative and achingly poignant book. Above all it is true, in that it happened, but also in a way that transcends mere facts and cuts to the quick of what it means to be alive.

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

JESSE KATZ is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and a former staffer at the Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles magazine. He lives with his son, Max, in Monterey Park, California.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307407122
Author:
Katz, Jesse
Publisher:
Three Rivers Press (CA)
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Fatherhood
Subject:
Little league baseball
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.10x5.26x.77 in. .59 lbs.

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