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Columbus Slaughters Braves: A Novel. by Mark Friedman - First edition - 2001 - from The Old Book Shop of Bordentown (ABNJ) and

Columbus Slaughters Braves: A Novel.

by Mark Friedman

Condition: Fine/fine

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2001. First edition. Hardcover. Fine/fine. First edition/printing. Fine in fine dust jacket. Hardcover. 200 pp. Joe Columbus is an ordinary guy but his brother CJ, however, is anything but---he's the Chicago Cubs star third baseman, In a voice both humorous and plaintive, Joe tells of his brother's remarkable ascent form the sandlots to Wrigley Field as well a sthe rift that develops between the two that is healed only by tragedy.

Joe Columbus is an ordinary man: schoolteacher, husband, father-to-be. His younger brother, CJ, however, is anything but ordinary: the Chicago Cubs' star third baseman, a baseball hero, destined for greatness. In a voice both humorous and plaintive, Joe tells of his brother's remarkable ascent from the sandlots of their southern California childhood to the ivy-walled shrine of Wrigley Field, in an effort to explain not only CJ's apparently charmed life but also his own missteps and failures -- his collapsing marriage, his envy and cowardice, and a rift between brothers that is healed only by tragedy. Mark Friedman's first novel is the heartbreaking tale of two brothers whose lives lead to vastly different fates. A richly imagined story that explores both the grand and enduring allure of our national pasttime and the complications of our lives -- our longings, losses, and regrets -- COLUMBUS SLAUGHTERS BRAVES is for anyone who has had a hero or wanted to be one. Like W. P. Kinsella's SHOELESS JOE and Richard Ford's THE SPORTSWRITER, this is a compassionate but honest novel that introduces readers to a gifted and extraordinarily perceptive writer.


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