Tim Wendel is well known to baseball fans for his award-winning writing in Baseball Weekly. In Castro's Curveball, he crafts a delightful blend of history, romance, and baseball into a stunning novel of love, dreams, betrayal, and redemption. In 1947, catcher Billy Bryan breaks up a political protest at his Cuban winter league game by asking a skinny student revolutionary named Fidel Castro to throw him a couple of pitches. To Billy's surprise, the kid has good stuff: a decent fastball and an unhittable curve. Soon, Billy is in the middle of a strange tangle of people-including revolutionaries, mobsters, major league scouts, and a beguiling photographer-whose interests in the young Castro go far beyond his pitching abilities. L.J. Ganser's sizzling narration of this utterly unique tale captures all the glamour and turmoil of 1940s Cuba. Wendel skillfully mixes his pitches in a story that keeps listeners guessing until the final at-bat.
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"L.J. Ganser reads this glorious combination of baseball and politics with the fervor of an announcer at a major league doubleheader. Here is the young Castro deciding between the game of baseball and the game of politics. Both seem equally important in this sizzling novel of romance, betrayal, and secrets. Upon returning to Havana, catcher Billy Bryan relates the events of 1947 to his daughter as they find answers to questions left unanswered for fifty years. The mixture of the serious problems of the Cuban populace and the glamour of nightlife in Havana makes this book an evocation of the period. B.H.B. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine"
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