For years, superstar author John Grisham has wanted to write a novel about baseball. Unfortunately, the story just never came to him. Then, a couple of years ago, Grisham read a story about Ray Chapman, a baseball player who was killed by getting hit with a fast pitch. There was much speculation about whether the player was “beaned” intentionally. Grisham thought this would make an excellent basis for a story, and so we have his latest novel, Calico Joe.
I was sent an advance review copy by the publisher. I think it will have fairly broad appeal. The story is really about three people: Joe Castle (the player that got beaned), Warren Tracey (the player that hit him), and Paul Tracey (Warren’s son). It’s a nice story about fathers and sons, baseball, and forgiveness. The release date of April 10th should make this book a must have for father’s day shoppers everywhere.
While I thought the story was good, it doesn’t have the depth of emotion that the backstory could have brought forward. Maybe it’s a guy thing. Men don’t like to go too deep. It’s also an easy read. I finished the book in less than 24 hours. Another recommendation: someone should make this book into a movie. There is so much visual information relating to the games, that I think it would come across better on screen.
3 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2012
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