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The Might Have Been: A Novel by Joe Schuster

By Joe Schuster

Joseph M. Schuster's soaking up debut novel resonates with the pull of lifelong goals, the edge of remorse, and the methods we outline ourselves opposed to doubtful twists of fate--perfect for fanatics of Chad Harbach's The paintings of Fielding.

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For Edward Everett Yates, break up seconds topic: the best timing of hitting a low outdoors pitch, of stealing a base, of working down a fly ball. After a decade enjoying within the minor leagues--years after such a lot of his friends have given up--he's nonetheless patiently looking ahead to his probability on the majors. Then sooner or later he will get referred to as as much as the St. Louis Cardinals, and eventually the longer term he sought after unfolds prior to him.

But yet another cut up moment alterations every thing: In what must have been the sport of his existence, he sustains a devastating knee damage, which destroys his specialist career.

Thirty years later, after sacrificing such a lot of opportunities--a profitable activity, relationships with girls who enjoyed him, even the opportunity for a family--Edward Everett is just striking on because the supervisor of a minor league baseball staff, nonetheless grappling with remorse over the alternatives he made and the existence he nearly had. Then he encounters players--one tremendous yet undisciplined, the opposite keen yet unremarkable--who express him that his maximum contribution might are available in the final position he ever expected.

Full of ardour, ambition, and threat, The may need Been maps the profound and unpredictable moments that fluctuate our lives perpetually, and the impossible to resist energy of a moment chance.

Praise for The may have Been

"The attempt to maintain the culture of the nice American baseball novel gets an honorable strengthen with this meticulously peopled story of possibilities lost."--The long island occasions booklet Review

"Eventually, we all need to grapple our might-have-beens. this can be the relocating tale of a guy whose likelihood for baseball stardom resulted in a split-second coincidence, and it resonates a ways past the baseball field."--Reader's Digest

"A awesome debut . . . a stunning, poignant, heartbreaker of a baseball novel, nearly as good as final year's hyped The paintings of Fielding and extra literary than Grisham's Calico Joe."--St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"A grand slam!"--San Antonio Express-News

"The may have Been is set the carry baseball could have on those that play it, yet it's additionally approximately recognition, and persistence, and the fight to understand while to fold 'em, and while to run."--Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

"A fantastic tale that is going past the game and bargains with promise and aspirations, goals and disappointments . . . by no means brain no matter if you're a baseball fan. it is a rattling advantageous read."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Si addentrarono nella proprietà e trovarono una depressione nel terreno dove nascondersi e controllare il vialetto che risaliva dal giardino sul retro. La gente stava iniziando ad andarsene. Ben presto, l'identità della signora Jacob non sarebbe più stata un mistero. Se Hobie aveva ragione e quella era casa sua, allora con ogni probabilità era quell'esile biondina che salutava la gente in procinto di andarsene. Gli ospiti partivano, lei rimaneva. Sì, era Senz'altro la signora Jacob. I due sicari osservarono quella donna al centro dell'attenzione, mentre sorrideva coraggiosamente, abbracciava e salutava i presenti.

Attraversò con grazia il prato e si fermò alla fine dei gradini di cemento, come se attendesse che Jack le andasse incontro. «Ciao, Reacher», disse in tono pacato. Lui la guardò. Quella donna sapeva chi fosse, e lui conosceva lei. Fu questione di qualche istante e, nonostante i quindici anni trascorsi, tutto gli tornò subito in mente: un'adolescente, cresciuta e tramutatasi in una magnifica donna proprio davanti ai suoi occhi, in una frazione di secondo. Garber, il nome sulla cassetta della posta.

Non erano più a portata d'uncino, il che aveva un significato particolare, in quell'ufficio. «Dobbiamo trovare il cliente», decise Hobie, nel silenzio generale. I due annuirono e rimasero in attesa. «Costello avrà pur avuto una segretaria, no? Lei saprà chi era il cliente. Portatemela», ordinò Hobie. I due sicari non si mossero dal divano. » «Questo Jack Reacher», cominciò il primo. «Dovrebbe essere un tipo alto, che stava alle Keys da tre mesi. Costello ci ha detto che la gente parlava proprio di un uomo grande e grosso, sull'isola esattamente da tre mesi, che lavorava in un locale notturno.

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