Basepaths by Jerry Klinkowitz: a short review

A novel about a hilariously tragic week in the life of a minor league baseball team and its manager. The chapter called Openers, which describes the first inning of the Opening Day game, is absolutely priceless, and the funniest tale I’ve read in years. Other chapters are similarly fun.

But the story, overall, is not fun, as everything unravels in an ungodly collision of incompatible characters. That you can see the inevitable disaster developing is painful, even as you laugh at everyone’s antics.

Perhaps a bit rushed at the end, but absolutely delightful. Highly recommended.

This short review was originally published on LibraryThing.

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