Box Socials : A Novel

Box Socials : A Novel

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Author/Contributor(s): Kinsella, W.P.
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Date: 03/02/1993
Binding: Paperback
Condition: NEW
“A whimsical portrait of 1940s-era small-town life, crowded with everything from owl-calling contests to raucous, five-day Ukrainian weddings. It's a delightful comic ramble, written in quirky, digressive style. . . . Richly textured.”—Los Angeles Times

Here's the story of how Truckbox Al McClintock, a small-town greaser whose claim to fame was hitting a baseball clean across the Pembina River, almost got a tryout with the genuine St. Louis Cardinals—but instead ended up batting against Bob Feller of Cleveland Indian Fame in Renfrew Park, Edmonton, Alberta. Along the way to Al's moment of truth at the plate, we learn about the bizarre, touchingly hilarious lives and loves of just about anyone who ever passed through New Oslo, Fark, or Venusberg.

Full of the crackle of down-home folk tales, by turn randy, riveting, and heart-breaking, Box Socials is the triumph of Kinsella's career.

Praise for Box Socials

“Wonderful . . . Charming and funny . . . If you've never been to a box social, go to this one.”—Fannie Flagg, The New York Times Book Review

“A sweeping comic work . . . Welcome to the seductively poetic fictional world of W.P. Kinsella.”People

“A story filled with nostalgia about a time when the game was played on real grass and was called on account of darkness. . . . A down-home style that resembles the humorous voice of Garrison Keillor.”The New York Times