An engaging story about a time in the history of sports that most of us would know nothing about. Throw in some quirky characters, a small town mindset, racial tension, finding love and God...and you have the makings of a great novel! A bit of a surprise ending but it kept the pages turning!
Beautifully written, with engaging character, set against a wonderful time period in American history; wrappred in a web of interlocking themes. This was a genuine treat to read and so incredibly refreshing from the junk many Christian authors are penning these days. Thank you, Allison Pittman. My 29 year son, an avid baseball fan read the book as well. He found the racial tension and pressure of major league sports even 105 years ago fascinating.I'd reccommend this book to anyone.
Stealing Home by Allison Pittman is a stunner of a historical novel. Ellie Jane Voyant has lived her life in 1905 Picksville, Mississippi as an eccentric outcast. Ned Clovis has loved her since he was 12 years old, but his life of silence since he lost his hearing has made him an outcast as well. Morris, a 12 year old Negro boy has a life very different in Picksville from Ned and Ellie, but he's trying to make something of himself, with a future and an education. Their lives are all irrevocably changed by the appearance of Duke Dennison, a high-priced baseball player drying out from alcohol abuse in their small town. Pittman captures perfectly the atmosphere of an insular small town with its petty abuses and crimes, along with the joy of a game of baseball. Baseball becomes the unifier of these four disparate characters giving Ellie a place of her own, Ned a voice, and Morris a presence. Duke's struggle to be more of a man is its own beautiful story. I don't want to give anything about this beautifully written story away, so please get a copy and read it!