Schwartz continues his tragedy as that same sleepy, curious boy from the backseat of his father's memory steps up to bat at a UConn baseball game. Now college age, Sam Arno seems to be striking out in many ways. The curtain rises on his latest whiff. The bat never leaves his shoulder at the plate, but the crescendo of shame and pain build too high for it to lay idle for too long. Suffice to say, the troubled youth soon finds himself in trouble, and, like his old man before him, runs away from it.
The story is told affectingly through alternating point-of-view short chapters: Dwight Arno, the only first person character in the book, has moved, after doing some time in the joint, to the west coast, as far away as was possible it seems, where he's found a job as a sporting goods manager. Ruth, his ex-wife, still living in the same lonely Connecticut house, seems lost with her only anchor to happiness away at the university. Emma, the sister of Dwight's victim, wrestles with her feelings in the wake of a high school romance with who else but Sam. Penny is Dwight's love interest in the West, perhaps a false start for both of them. Other than acting as a kind of ballast, I'm not sure why her character was even necessary to the tale. And Sam, who seems to have yet fully awaken from his backseat nap that fateful night.
|John Burnham Schwartz|
- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Random House (July 26, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400068452
- ISBN-13: 978-1400068456
~Book Jones~ 4,0 Stars