Calico Joe: A Novel

· Sold by Vintage
471 reviews

About this ebook

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A surprising and moving novel of fathers and sons, forgiveness and redemption, set in the world of Major League Baseball…

“Grisham knocks it out of the park.”—The Washington Post

It’s the summer of 1973, and Joe Castle is the boy wonder of baseball, the greatest rookie anyone has ever seen. The kid from Calico Rock, Arkansas, dazzles Chicago Cubs fans as he hits home run after home run, politely tipping his hat to the crowd as he shatters all rookie records. Calico Joe quickly becomes the idol of every baseball fan in America, including Paul Tracey, the young son of a hard-partying and hard-throwing New York Mets pitcher. On the day that Warren Tracey finally faces Calico Joe, Paul is in the stands, rooting for his idol but also for his dad. Then Warren throws a fastball that will change their lives forever.

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471 reviews
A Google user
May 31, 2012
First of all, I will read anything from Mr. Grisham. This short story has the feel of a longer novel than the 170+ pages offered us. Those of us that grew up with VERY professional fathers can feel the narrators' pain. A wonderful read that embodies two of America's Pastime: Baseball and Dysfunctional families. Not the Hollywood ending, either. A real feeling. Thanks Mr. Grisham!
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A Google user
April 20, 2012
Now I understand "the code" a little better (of MLB pitchers.) As far as quality, LB was probably Grisham's weakest book.
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Steven Miller
December 30, 2015
I remember well that 1973 baseball season As a lifelong Phillies Fan it was difficult to see the Mets in The Series that Fall
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About the author

John Grisham is the author of forty-seven consecutive #1 bestsellers, which have been translated into nearly fifty languages. His recent books include The Judge's List, Sooley, and his third Jake Brigance novel, A Time for Mercy, which is being developed by HBO as a limited series.
Grisham is a two-time winner of the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction and was honored with the Library of Congress Creative Achievement Award for Fiction.
When he's not writing, Grisham serves on the board of directors of the Innocence Project and of Centurion Ministries, two national organizations dedicated to exonerating those who have been wrongfully convicted. Much of his fiction explores deep-seated problems in our criminal justice system.
John lives on a farm in central Virginia.

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