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Top Amazon Reviewer Charles Ashbacher Five Star Review of The Pitcher

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013 in General News | Comments Off on Top Amazon Reviewer Charles Ashbacher Five Star Review of The Pitcher

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While the theme is about baseball, the story is about life, the struggles, major setbacks that we all face and then being able to triumph and emerge victorious. Hazelgrove is an excellent writer, he uses situations to evoke powerful emotions in the reader, and you find yourself rooting for the characters while at times you want to give them a virtual slap in the face and yell, “Get your head out!” Ricky is a Hispanic boy growing up in Chicago and while he is otherwise nondescript, he has a whip for a pitching arm. Ricky lives with his mother (Maria) and they are struggling financially, his father (Fernando) only comes around when he wants money. Fernando is also a violent man that does not hesitate to punch Maria or Ricky. Never having had a coach or any other training, Ricky has no idea how to pitch; he has the raw talent but does not know how to properly channel it. Ricky also has inherited his temper from his parents, he is easily rattled while he is pitching and his opponents know this and use it against him. Jack Langford (the Pitcher) lives close to Ricky and he was the World Series hero in 1978, pitching his team to victory. After his wife died, Jack collapsed and now all he does is sit in his garage, drinking beer, smoking, dipping Skoal and watching baseball on television. Ricky’s mother is a very determined woman that has no fear of anyone so she goes over and asks the Pitcher if he will coach Ricky. She is not a person that it is easy to say no too, so the Pitcher agrees. The path after this is strewn with many virtual pieces of flesh as Jack seems unable to rise above his chosen path of very slow self-destruction. There are times when it appears that he is going to channel his winning talents to Ricky, turning him into a true pitcher while helping Maria overcome her difficulties as well. The writing is so good that the reader is emotionally grabbed and truly cares what happens to Jack, Ricky and Maria. There are some passages that are so good that I reread them two or three times just to savor the intensity of the feelings, not all of them good, that reading those segments generated. (I reread a few of them while writing this review.” This is a sports book that could be placed in the romance section and outperform many books that have “romance” on the cover.

Latinola : The Pitcher and the issues of immigration

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013 in General News | Comments Off on Latinola : The Pitcher and the issues of immigration

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With immigration in the news, “The Pitcher” is a novel of our time. The story of a Mexican American boy with  no money for lessons and a broken down World Series pitcher could be the feel good book of the fall season. Set in Florida against a backdrop of the Great Recession, The Pitcher conjures up old baseball stories like The Natural but it is squarely in our time. The fact the boys mother could be deported anytime adds a modern twist to the old story of the aging giant and the young dreamer.
When a Tea Party mom tries to use the status of his mother to keep the boy from trying out, we are squarely in the middle of the issues of immigration. The classic story of a boy with a dream and an old pitcher who helps him is one with the dreams of millions who hopes depend on the outcome of these issues.
The Junior Library Guild are the first to recognize this is a special book. The Guild chose the book for their fall lineup. They are careful to pick only the best of the best and The Pitcher seems to have fallen into this category. Due out in September 2013, The Pitcher might be the topical novel of the fall and one hell of a good story. Published by Koehler Books

Aswift Radio Interview 07/27/ 1PM Central

Posted by on Jul 26, 2013 in General News | Comments Off on Aswift Radio Interview 07/27/ 1PM Central

http://aswifttradio.wordpress.com/2013/07/19/the-american-dream-turned-upside-down/William Hazelgrove is interviewed about the upside down American Dream and his novel Rocket Man

The Sports Rack Review of The Pitcher

Posted by on Jul 23, 2013 in General News | Comments Off on The Sports Rack Review of The Pitcher

Have you ever had a dream?

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Amazon offering one week download of The Pitcher August 24th.

Posted by on Jul 22, 2013 in General News | Comments Off on Amazon offering one week download of The Pitcher August 24th.

The Pitcher will be offered for one week on a free download beginning August 24th.