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Home Game

by Paul Quarrington

Random House of Canada | May 7, 1996 | Trade Paperback |

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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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 464 Pages, 5.12 × 8.27 × 0.79 in

Published: May 7, 1996

Publisher: Random House of Canada

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0679307850

ISBN - 13: 9780679307853

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Home Game

Home Game

by Paul Quarrington

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 464 Pages, 5.12 × 8.27 × 0.79 in

Published: May 7, 1996

Publisher: Random House of Canada

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0679307850

ISBN - 13: 9780679307853

From the Publisher

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

The author of ten novels, Paul Quarrington was also a musician (most recently in the band Porkbelly Futures), an award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker, and an acclaimed non-fiction writer.

Paul Quarrington''s novel, Galveston, was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize; King Leary won the CBC''s 2008 Canada Reads competition and the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal; and Whale Music was awarded the Governor General''s Literary Award for Fiction. Recently, Porkbelly Futures'' self-titled second CD has been released to widespread acclaim, and Paul Quarrington''s short film adaptation of The Ravine, entitled Pavane, was featured in the Moving Stories Short Film Festival. Paul Quarrington''s non-fiction writing includes books on some of his favourite pastimes, such as fishing, hockey, and music. A regular contributor of book reviews, travel columns, and journalism to Canada''s national newspapers and magazines, he also taught writing at Humber College and the University of Toronto.

Paul Quarringon passed away in January 2010.

From Our Editors

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. One day he wanders into a circus sideshow troupe stranded in a tiny Michigan town dominated by the hellfire and brimstone religious sect. The conflict between these two groups of people all comes down to the baseball game to end all games. Home Game is a funny and moving tribute to baseball and its players.

Editorial Reviews

"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

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