The Man With Two Arms: A Novel

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Penguin, Feb 4, 2010 - Fiction - 336 pages
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Henry Granville, a baseball fanatic and high school teacher, spends hours in the basement with his young son Danny, introducing him to balls of all shapes and sizes. He even turns the basement into an indoor stadium. Danny quickly distinguishes himself from his peers, most conspicuously by his ability to throw perfectly with either arm-a feat virtually unheard of in baseball. But he also possesses a visionary gift that not even he understands. Danny becomes a superior athlete, skyrocketing through the minor leagues and into the majors where he experiences immediate success, breaking records held for decades.

When a journalist, a former student of Henry's hungry for a national breakout story, exaggerates the teacher's obsession and exposes him to the world as a monster, all hell breaks loose and the pressures of media and celebrity threaten to disrupt the world that Henry and Danny have created. A baseball novel--and much more--The Man with Two Arms is a story of the ways in which we protect, betray, forgive, love, and shape each other as we attempt to find our way through life.

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Descent baseball book with an ending that could have been magical, but just seemed too rushed and too forced. Read full review

Review: The Man with Two Arms: A Novel

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I really wanted to like this book, and when it stuck to baseball and the relationship between Henry and his father, I did. But when it delved into Danny's supposed clairvoyance, ugh. And the ending was unfortunately just preposterous. Read full review


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Billy Lombardo is the author of The Logic of a Rose: Chicago Stories, How to Hold a Woman and Meanwhile, Roxy Mourns. He teaches at a Chicago high school and in UCLA's Extension Program. Billy is the co-founder and artistic director of Polyphony H.S., a student-run national literary magazine for high school writers and editors. Short Fiction. This is his first novel.

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