“Grisham knocks it out of the park.”—The Washington Post
It’s the summer of 1973, and Joe Castle is the boy wonder of baseball, the greatest rookie anyone has ever seen. The kid from Calico Rock, Arkansas, dazzles Chicago Cubs fans as he hits home run after home run, politely tipping his hat to the crowd as he shatters all rookie records. Calico Joe quickly becomes the idol of every baseball fan in America, including Paul Tracey, the young son of a hard-partying and hard-throwing New York Mets pitcher. On the day that Warren Tracey finally faces Calico Joe, Paul is in the stands, rooting for his idol but also for his dad. Then Warren throws a fastball that will change their lives forever.
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
“An enjoyable, heartwarming read that’s not just for baseball fans.”—USA Today
“Grisham has hit a home run. . . . Calico Joe is a great read, a lyrical ode to baseball, small-town America, youthful innocence and a young boy’s search for heroes.”—The Buffalo News
“[A] pleasure . . . Suffice to say [Grisham] knows his way around the ballpark as well as he does a courtroom.”—The Washington Times
Includes an excerpt of John Grisham’s The Racketeer
Customer ReviewsSee All
Although clever in his handling of this fictional conflict, I found the story, while sad, to be a little bit too easy to predict. Grisham uses fictional and real people to recreate a fictitious event, but it was far from a jaw-dropping effort. A good look into what many professional baseball players, and athletes in general may go through. I would think that baseball fans, by and large would appreciate this novel.
Kept My Attention...
Bought it in the morning, finished it this afternoon. Enjoyed the read immensely. The story was somewhat predictable though and I would have enjoyed a couple more twists.
This book was not written by John Grisham. It had to be written by someone who used his name, because it has none of the depth and riveting interest Grisham is known for. In fact, this was the most boring and simple plot one could imagine. No twists, no turns. Just predictable, dull prose.