Battle Creek by Scott Lasser

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Gil Davison is the coach of an amateur baseball team in Michigan, national finalists many times over but champions never. He has spent his adult life juggling his roles as coach to the team, father to his estranged son, and caretaker to his own disapproving father -- a man disdainful of Gil's passion for the game. Now, in this one season, Gil's star pitcher is losing his arm , his son has made it clear that he is doing just fine without him, and his father is dying of cancer. So when a hot rookie hitter wanders into town -- fresh from a stint in prison and determined to make a clean start -- Gil convinces himself that this season his team must win the championship, their one last chance to fulfill an elusive dream. But the events that unfold are unexpected, enlightening and overwhelmingly powerful -- and they will change each of these men forever.

With the voice of a born storyteller, a gift for capturing the subtleties of men's interactions and a tireless pursiut of our most vulnerable truths -- in love, parenting, competition, and death -- Scott Lasser lays bare the unspoken bonds and implicit understandings that exist between all men -- silences that substitute for compassion, silences that can eventually implode from the pressure of their own restraint.


About Scott Lasser

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Scott Lasser received an M.F.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School. He was formerly a government-bond trader at Lehman Brothers. He lives in Aspen, Colorado.
Published May 1, 1999 by Rob Weisbach Books. 265 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The on-the-field action, which in sports novels is often the redeeming point of light in an otherwise uninspired blur of domestic adjectives, fails to stir and is only dutifully described, as if the author actually wants to return as quickly as possible to the really interesting emotional lives o...

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Luke's arrival comes at a critical time, and Gil's single-minded desire to earn the title becomes a matter of life or death when his 98-year-old father lies half-blind in a nursing home, sitting on money that's more than enough to make Gil's dream come true.

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Imagine what Kevin Costner's character in Bull Durham might have become if he had never met Susan Sarandon — a 60ish has-been, coach of an amateur team, estranged from his family.

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