Columbus Slaughters Braves

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2002 - Fiction - 204 pages
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Joe Columbus is an ordinary man: schoolteacher, husband, father-to-be. His younger brother, CJ, however, is anything but ordinary: the Chicago Cubs' star third baseman, a baseball hero, destined for greatness.
In a voice both humorous and plaintive, Joe tells of his brother's remarkable ascent from the sandlots of their southern California childhood to the ivy-walled shrine of Wrigley Field, in an effort to explain not only CJ's apparently charmed life but also his own missteps and failures -- his collapsing marriage, his envy and cowardice, and a rift between brothers that is healed only by tragedy.
Mark Friedman's first novel is the heartbreaking tale of two brothers whose lives lead to vastly different fates. A richly imagined story that explores both the grand and enduring allure of our national pasttime and the complications of our lives -- our longings, losses, and regrets -- COLUMBUS SLAUGHTERS BRAVES is for anyone who has had a hero or wanted to be one. Like W. P. Kinsella's SHOELESS JOE and Richard Ford's THE SPORTSWRITER, this is a compassionate but honest novel that introduces readers to a gifted and extraordinarily perceptive writer.

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Echoes of Bang the Drum Slowly, The Natural, and Brian's Song are heard throughout this literate weeper about an athlete dying young: an intermittently incisive though ultimately flat first novel.The ... Read full review

Columbus slaughters Braves

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In this first novel, the resentful, envious narrator, Joe Columbus, has watched his younger brother, C.J. Columbus, climb steadily toward inevitable stardom in major league baseball, while his own ... Read full review

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Mark Friedman studied writing at Johns Hopkins University and lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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