On Sale: July 17, 2018
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From Pulitzer Prize finalist Mark Di Ionno comes the next
Great American Novel about the Great American Pastime—The
Natural with echoes of Ford, Updike, DeLillo and
Roth—two men from disparate worlds and their search for what
constitutes a meaningful life in a searing portrait of honor
and masculinity, sport and celebrity, marriage and parenthood.
Joe Grudeck is a living legend—a first-ballot Hall of Famer
beloved by Boston Red Sox fans who once played for millions
under the bright Fenway lights. Now, he finds himself
haunted by his own history, searching for connection in a
world that’s alienated the true person behind his celebrity
facade. He’ll step back into the spotlight once more with a
very risky Cooperstown acceptance speech that has the power
to change everything—except the darkness in his past.
Horace Mueller is a different type altogether—working in
darkness at a museum blacksmith shop and living in a rundown
farmhouse on the outskirts of Cooperstown, New York. He
clings to an anachronistic lifestyle, fueled by nostalgia
for simpler times and a rebellion against the
sport-celebrity lifestyle of Cooperstown, struggling to
bring his baseball prodigy son to his side.
Gods of Wood and Stone is the story of these two
men—framed by the lens of baseball, a timeless, but
strikingly singular tale of the responsibilities of manhood
and the pitfalls of glory in a painful and exhilarating
novel that’s distinctly American.
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