Home Game by Paul QuarringtonHome Game by Paul Quarrington

Home Game

byPaul Quarrington

Paperback | May 7, 1996

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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.
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...
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Title:Home GameFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:May 7, 1996Publisher:Random House Of Canada

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ISBN - 10:0679307850

ISBN - 13:9780679307853

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Quarrington Novel I had the privilege of Meeting the author and was able to share with him that this was my favourite of all his books. It is one of the best character driven pieces of work I have ever read. It has everything I look for I a book. It is heartfelt, real, funny, sad and strange, It is not your average normal read it takes you on a journey, albeit a strange one. One of my favourite Canadian novels!
Date published: 2017-07-24

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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. 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