I thought this was a terrific judgment because Judge Freeman made his expectations clear and explained why The Son did a better job of meeting them. Kevin: Every time the eventual Pulitzer Prize winner has been on the Rooster shortlist, it has won the Tournament of Books, and the ToB has correctly predicted the winner of four of the last six Pulitzers. I actually think there are three novels in the tourney that feel like potential Pulitzer bait to me—the two you mentioned plus The Good Lord Bird.
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Her novel, March , got the Pullet Surprise, which is almost as good as winning the Rooster. Kevin Guilfoile is the author of two novels, Cast of Shadows and The Thousand , that have been translated into more than 20 languages. His latest book, a memoir, is A Drive Into the Gap. He teaches at the College of Charleston. Receive a free Tournament of Books Memo Book with purchase. After all, they lived in the same town now. Played in the same local Little League, too, although for different teams, thankfully. If he had been assigned to DiMaggio's team, he didn't know what he would have done.
Yes, I do. I would have played , he thought, because I'm not a quitter. But it wouldn't have been easy seeing his nemesis at practices every week, and having to cheer him on during games, and maybe even—Liam gulped at the thought—catching for him.
At that time, Liam was still living in Pennsylvania, close to his cousin and best friend, Carter Jones. That summer, he, Carter, and their All-Star teammates had accomplished an amazing feat: They had beaten all the other teams from the Mid-Atlantic Region to earn a berth at the World Series.
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They had won the majority of their games in the World Series tournament, too, and advanced to the U. Their opponent in that game was a Southern California team representing the West Region. The West's pitcher was Phillip DiMaggio. Liam had no clue who DiMaggio was then, but Carter did. He'd had a run-in with the pitcher during Little League Baseball Camp the summer before. But of course, I had forgotten Joltin' Joe doesn't have any direct heirs. Phillip called me Number One Fan the rest of camp—he thought it was hysterical.
I thought it was humiliating. When Carter told him the story, Liam didn't get mad. In fact, he said it probably helped Carter to use his anger at Phillip as motivation to become a better pitcher. Still, he didn't like the trick Phillip had pulled. The first time Liam came face-to-face with DiMaggio, Liam played a prank of his own.
He poked a spot on the pitcher's shirt and told him he had a stain. When Phillip looked down, Liam jerked his finger up, bopped Phillip in the nose, and chortled, "Made you look! Mid-Atlantic was down a run in the bottom of the sixth. Phillip was on the mound. Liam came up to bat. There was a runner on third, two outs. Liam let the first pitch go by for a called strike.
He nicked the second for a foul and strike two. Determined to hit a game-winning homer off DiMaggio, he took a monstrous swing at the third pitch—and missed. Worse than missed. He swung so hard that he corkscrewed around off-balance and fell face-first into the dirt. In front of thousands of spectators. On live television. Moments later, Phillip offered him a hand to help him up. To the viewers watching at home, the gesture looked like the epitome of sportsmanship.
But the cameras and microphones missed something. With a flick of his outstretched finger, Phillip brushed Liam's shirt and then touched the batter's nose. Back home, Liam had tried to remember everything good that had happened during the World Series and to put that one bad moment behind him. But that was easier said than done. First, he discovered that a video clip of his strikeout was available for viewing by anyone who had access to the Internet. Second, he learned that his family was moving across the country to Southern California. Third, and most unbelievable, he found out that he would now be living in the same town as Phillip DiMaggio.
Liam risked another glance at the stands. He panned over the spectators—an older man with a stern expression and almond-shaped eyes, a pair of girls giggling together, a group of parents—then landed on Phillip. His brown eyes met the pitcher's jet-black ones for a brief moment. Then Phillip looked away. He'd survived moving across the country, leaving all his friends. If he'd been put on the same team as DiMaggio, he would have survived that, too. No, better than survived. He would have succeeded. Carter Jones bagged the pile of leaves he'd been raking and carried it to the parking lot.
It was Little League Cleanup Day, and along with dozens of other players, parents, and Little League coaches, he was getting the baseball fields ready for the upcoming season. Team meeting! Harrison, coach of the Hawks, called.
A wiry man with thick black hair, he had been Carter and Liam's coach last year and throughout the All-Star team's run in the postseason. Carter counted himself very lucky to have been drafted to his team again this time around.
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It took some of the sting out of being separated from Liam. Some, but not all. Rhys is a favorite of hers, particular the little Easter eggs that appear in the Royal Spyness novels. And Georgie in Kenya? What a great idea! I'm wracking my already wracked brain for couple of characters that drive a story, and all the usual suspects come to mind: Gemma and Duncan without doubt, Holmes and Watson, Tommy and Tuppence, Lynley and Havers, Ruth and Nelson, and two of my favorites, because of the humor that is inextricable from their relationship, Richard Jury and Malcolm Plant.
I know I'll think of more as the day goes on. Bonne chance, Hallie and Rhys. Congrats, ladies! Hope to be reading your books soon. How about Lucy and Ricky? Scary, though, that they really were married. Guessing that in real life she wasn't a ditz. Reminding me of Edith and Archie.
Yes, Hallie, I have read that she was actually the brains behind their business empire. But given the era, no one would take her seriously in business, so she had to use him as a front. I love waking up to find new books on my Kindle. It's like the book fairy stopped by while I was sleeping. Rhys, I've already started reading. Hallie, you're up next! Happy book release day to you both. I hope you have fun book tours. Happy duo book birthday, darling friends! And to us readers--what a great day. And may I say, the photo of the two of you is awesome, one of the best ever of you both.
Why don't they make TV shows like these any more?
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Hallie and Rhys, congratulations on your dual book launches today! Hallie, your sister mentioned your book was coming out and your blog reminded me that your book was coming out. Since your book is spooky, I am waiting until Halloween to read your book. I usually reserve the spooky books for Halloween reading :- Rhys, I am so excited about your Lady Georgie novel.
Are the aristocrats like the characters from P. Wodehouse's Bertie Wooster stories? Thinking of fictional couples that I love. The movies with Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas as a couple were wonderful! Nancy Drew and Ned Nickerson were a good couple. I am still discovering new to me authors and new to me novels.
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Happy pub day to you both, Hallie and Rhys!! Mines the depths not moves. Although, they certainly do have some good moves, too Happy books day Rhys and Hallie. Downloading both today, can't wait to read them. I'm sure there are other couples but everyone seems to be listing those I thought of easily and others I had forgotten or not heard of. Hallie, I've looked for your books in two different, unfortunately without success. Now I have to go to Kindle. And Rhys, I'll see at Copperfields tomorrow.
Have great launch days, ladies. I put both books on hold at the library months ago and am so looking forward to reading them. Rhys, I hope to make your event in Palo Alto on August Continued success to both of you! Happy pub day, you two, and what a terrific interview!! And agreeing with Karen, that is fabulous photo of both of you. Where was it taken? I'm so excited about these books, going to spread the word now!!! BIG Congratulations to you both. Hallie, many, many thanks for sending me THE book. I am only sorry that I can't get down to Brookline tomorrow and ask awkward questions of the other organizer, he, he!
You really should come up here and stay with Julia so we can meet.
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I really want to return but I do know only too well what the Brits were like, and some still are. Still in Ceylon there was a complete caste for the servants, with their own very strict rules. In our house my parents employed a cook, Joseph, a second servant, Sinniah, who cleaned the house, waited at table etc. Joseph was old school and a wonderful cook.
Then my brother and sister had a Nanny, Violet, who came from a very high caste family, and finally a dhoby, who did the laundry and ironed on our back verandah with an old fashioned iron filled with coals, and of course a gardener.
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