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Book: The Fat Lady's Low, Sad Song by Brian Kaufman

Book: The Fat Lady's Low, Sad Song by Brian Kaufman

categories: Book, Baseball, Community, Team, Minor Leagues, Women in Sports, Literary Fiction


Brian Kaufman

about 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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