4 Stars Out Of 5
Small town integration heartache and confusion
April 21, 2012
Age: Over 65
Although baseball is the catalyst and supplies the entire story line for this interesting tale, the centerpiece of the tale is the confusion and heartache that wreaked havoc among many small towns in the south during the 1950's when the Supreme Court began the integration process that threatened to tear our country apart. Note: One must be a real baseball fan to understand all the "lingo" of the games. However, the story line is strong enough running throughout so that the non-expert can still enjoy the passion of the story.
This is a novel of "mundane evens and ordinary people," as the author states, who are drawn, totally against their will, into a battle for which they did not ask and which they do not wish to fight. The signing of a young negro boy to the town's baseball league is really only a monetary attempt to keep the town's team afloat and to draw in more spectators. What develops from that economic decision are events that quickly swirl totally out of control and threaten the town's idyllic setting.
The Christian perspective is based on Romans 8:28 and runs fairly well through the main character's personality; but some might find the language and the ever present alcohol usage a bit objectionable. The characters, protagonists and antagonisst, are believable; amazingly, their goals are similar--they just want to achieve them in very different ways. I am sure this is a true depiction of the times; and, although set in a fictional town, much of the background is drawn from actual events which makes the flavor of the story more believable.