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“Tenderly poignant, wise and affecting. A beautifully stirring reflection on the joys and challenges of fatherhood.” Kirkus
In an epic road trip with his Little League son, a divorced dad’s eight-ballpark journey tries to rescue his fatherhood–and learn how his dad’s suicide might not doom him to repeat a father’s mistakes.
The rarest outcome in sports is baseball’s perfect game. One team does everything right, forcing the other to accomplish nothing. In 150 years of baseball, there have only been 23. Perfect is nearly impossible. As a divorced dad, Ron was trying to redeem his fatherhood with a road trip with his son. Their odyssey of crossing eight states in a rented convertible was supposed to salvage Ron’s life as an unsure father.
Custody fatherhood demoted him to the second team–he was certain of that. One sign of salvation came unbidden in an unscheduled tenth game. Thousands of miles and dozens of innings delivered a discovery: a drive toward perfect fatherhood has a destination that cannot be found on any map. It’s the tale of an eleven-day, nine-game trip — and how a father’s plans for perfection delivered things deeper than scores, miles, and smiles. Something magical and rare appeared at the end, in his heart as well as on a diamond.
“Part baseball, part fatherhood, and all boyhood, Stealing Home plays out the mystery of love and family. Fueled by his determination to become a better dad, Seybold’s journey becomes a quest to reconcile the past and his future. The magic lies in the storytelling that travels the road to something perfect.” Donna Johnson, author of Holy Ghost Girl: A Memoir
“A must-read. This book is about much more than baseball. It explores the father-son relationship on so many levels.” Reedsy Discovery
“Rich with sports metaphor, it offers a touching and complex look at how, experience by experience, individuals repair generations of fury-fueled despair.” Indie Reader
“A poignant memoir about the intersections of sports and fatherhood, its text evocative and careful. Dynamic as it balances scenes in the present and the past, its storytelling method is engaging and satisfying.” Clarion Foreword
“Authentic, emotional, and brave, Stealing Home is a timeless journey of the universal struggle to rise above the past. It’s a beautiful testament to the power of a father’s love.” Claire Ashby, NY Times bestselling author of When You Make It Home
“Ably capturing the excitement of live baseball, the author’s remembrance is a profoundly touching one, especially given his forthcoming candor and willingness to dispense self-criticism.” Kirkus
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Our edition of stories, poems, and prose from the Writers Workshop is a 56-page anthology from more than 20 Workshop writers. The stories and poems were launched during the Workshop’s Creation Nights. Order it here, with free shipping within the US. A portion of the book’s proceeds goes to support the Austin Bat Cave literacy in schools program.