The star outfielder for the Los Angeles Lions, stationed with the rest of his ball team in the brutally hot Arizona desert for spring training, Jason Goodyear is handsome, famous, and talented. He is also coming apart at the seams, and the coaches, writers, wives, girlfriends, petty criminals, and diehard fans following his every move are eager to find out why—even as they hide secrets of their own. This may be Emily Nemens's first novel, but she knows a thing or two about good writing, and she knows even more about the game. Named a Best Book of 2020 by NPR and a New York Times Editors Choice, this is an explosive, character-driven odyssey through the world of baseball.
"[The author] demonstrates deep knowledge not only of baseball but also of American desperation…. With her sharp eye for the details of unremarkable lives, Nemens at times reminds one of Joan Didion, and her Southwestern dreamers."—LATimes
"A miniature, self-enclosed world that is funny and poignant and lovingly observed."—NYTBR