Throw Like A Woman

Throw Like A Woman

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"Forty years old, divorced, with two sons on the verge of adolescence and an ex-husband who considers visitation to be optional, Brenda Haversham isn't having a whole lot of fun. She's also no longer qualified for the work she loves, so she's toiling away in a cubicle instead, trying to make ends meet. Brenda is short on money, short on connection with her kids, and short on any kind of social life. The only thing Brenda has in abundance is her anger. And that turns out to be her greatest asset. When she was a kid, Brenda's father taught her how to throw a good fastball. That wasn't of much use to a girl, but it is enough to astound onlookers at a "test your speed" pitching cage before a Cleveland Indians game. The more Brenda pictures her ex-husband's face on the other end, the harder she throws. And when someone tapes her performance and puts it up online, Brenda becomes an Internet sensation -- and then more than that. The Indians come calling and Brenda finds her life taking a turn in a new direction. Soon, she's standing on the mound as the first woman player in Major League history -- and dealing with everything that comes with it. The money is great and the endorsement deals are even better. The fury of "traditionalists?" Not so much. And the conflicting emotions of her teammates are even harder to manage. Meanwhile, Brenda's home life is evolving faster than she can keep up, redefining her role as a mother, a friend, and even a lover. As the season winds down Brenda will find out if she has what it takes to be a winner-- at both baseball and life." -- Book jacket.
Published: Stamford, CT :, The Story Plant, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781611881998
1611881994
Branch Call Number: F PET
Characteristics: 319 pages ;,24 cm

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beisbol0925
Aug 02, 2018

First things first -- I've known Susan Petrone for quite some time.

But I knew her as an employee of a non-profit for which I was a Board member. I was (slightly) surprised when I learned about her novel, and decided to read it as a supportive gesture.

Though I don't read fiction all that often, I thoroughly enjoyed Susan's book. Yes, a woman throwing 90+ heat, and an MLB club putting her on the mound, requires a huge suspension of disbelief, but once you accept that the story makes sense. Plot twists only rarely seem forced ... these are real individuals living real lives.

A strong woman imagining a strong woman isn't surprising, but a strong woman imagining a clubhouse full of realistic men (and overgrown boys) with complex and contradictory motivations is an accomplishment.

Kudos to Susan!

karcoldelharvic5 Oct 21, 2015

An entertaining book, though will be a long time before there are woman in baseball with men.

Nicolette2015 Feb 16, 2015

II am not a baseball fan but I am a fan of strong, realistic (women!) characters overcoming barriers; of witty dialogue; of humor; of a gripping story line; and of subtly surprising and satisfying endings. Throw Like a Woman has all those things plus the baseball which, I have to say, I found enjoyable and of which the author obviously has extensive experience and knowledge. (Petrone even writes a blog about the Cleveland Indians http://itspronouncedlajaway.com/) Did I mention it takes place in Cleveland? There is so much to enjoy, contemplate and dream of here because what IF a woman played in the major leagues and why not? The author does an excellent job of bringing this scenario to life. A highly enjoyable book, Throw Like a Woman would also make a great book club selection as there is definitely more here than first meets the eye.

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