Batting Against Castro: Stories

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Knopf, 1996 - Fiction - 197 pages
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Ranging from winter-league baseball in prerevolutionary Cuba to a postapocalyptic frontier in the American South, from the set of Murnau's classic horror film Nosferatu to more familiar (if no less inventive) scenes of family life, these fourteen stories - some comic, others compassionate, every one enthralling - span an immense fictional landscape with great verve and humanity, humor and wisdom. And Shepard's richly diverse characters - the boy who locks himself inside his Catholic school in a vague protest against injustices he can neither comprehend nor cope with, the father whose reckless fixation ultimately threatens the children he so loves, the postdoctoral fellow whose obsessive study of volcanoes mirrors his futile attempts to understand his brother's explosive psyche, the fighter pilot who considers pulling eight g's as "the real thing, the difference between thinking about kissing and kissing" - combine the ordinary, the bizarre, and the heroic to stunning effect.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

With four fine novels (Kiss of the Wolf, 1994, etc.) to his credit, Shepard seems to be something of a writer's writer—he's rightly admired by critics and his peers, but a wider readership has yet to ... Read full review

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Shepard, author of the shrewd and well-received Kiss of the Wolf (LJ 12/93), delivers in his first short story collection 14 wonderful snapshots. Organized into two sections, "Strangers" and "Family ... Read full review


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About the author (1996)

Jim Shepard is the author of numerous novels and short stories, including the collections Like You'd Understand, Anyway; Love and Hydrogen; and Batting Against Castro, as well as the novels Project X and Nosferatu. He has won the Story Prize and been nominated for the National Book Award. He lives in Massachusetts and teaches at Williams College.

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