Nathanael "Crybaby" Isbister was once the greatest baseball player in the world, but now he's a down-on-his-luck drifter on the road to oblivion. That is until he wanders into a circus sideshow troupe stranded in a tiny Michigan town dominated by a hellfire-and brimstone religious sect. The sect vows to drive the troupe out, but give them one unlikely chance to remain--the baseball game to end all baseball games.
A funny, moving novel, Home Game walks the straight but delicate line between absurdity and compassion with dazzling style and expertise.
About the author
Paul Quarrington won numerous awards for his work, including the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour and Canada Reads 2008 for his novel King Leary. His Governor General's Award-winning Whale Music was made into a critically acclaimed feature film. He also won awards for his writing for the television series Due South and for his screen play for Perfectly Normal. On January 21, 2010, he succumbed to lung cancer and died at his home surrounded by friends and family. He is missed.
"The book enchants, as if the Brothers Grimm and the Brothers Marx had conspired to perform pratfalls while Freud was looking on, shaking his head." --The Toronto Star
"Quarrington is an excellent writer with a great sense of humour. With considerable deftness he creates that willing suspension of disbelief that enables us to absorb ourselves in the antics of a rather unbelievable baseball game." --Books in Canada
Other titles by Paul Quarrington
Cigar Box Banjo
Notes on Music and Life
Modern Classics Not Wanted On the Voyage
Memories of Magical Waters
From the Far Side of the River
Chest-Deep in Little Fishes and Big Ideas
The Boy on the Back of the Turtle
Seeking God, Quince Marmalade, and the Fabled Albatross on Darwin's Islands