Book: The Fat Lady's Low, Sad Song by Brian Kaufmancategories: Book, Baseball, Community, Team, Minor Leagues, Women in Sports, Literary Fiction
Brian Kaufmanabout this book: I began writing The Fat Lady’s Low, Sad Song two decades ago. The idea of a female pitcher in the minor leagues intrigued me. I wanted to explore themes of team and community. And no sport lends itself to a study of deferred dreams like baseball.
The title comes from a quote, sometimes attributed to the great Yankee catcher, Yogi Berra. (“It ain’t over till the fat lady sings.”) I suspect that her song, like the story, has elements of both melancholy and triumph.
Courtney Morgan is a female knuckle-ball pitcher trying to break into professional baseball. Parker Westfall is an aging slugger with one last chance at a spot on a major-league roster.
They will surprise you.
“Refreshing and real. Read it and weep for all of us who love the game of baseball beyond reason.” –Jean Hastings Ardell, co-author, Making My Pitch: A Woman's Baseball Odyssey
Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2018
2018 PenCraft Award Winner/Literary Fiction
2019 Maxy Book Award Winner/Literary Fiction
2019 Eric Hoffer Book Award Finalist
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