four-finger singer and his late wife, kate
A Novel of Life, Death & Baseball
Arthur D. Hittner
In the tradition of W.P. Kinsella’s Shoeless Joe (Field of Dreams) comes a darkly comic novel of life, love, death, and baseball. The only son of overachieving parents, Jake Singer goes from left-handed Little League legend to pro baseball prospect at Stanford. When a freak accident involving mob enforcers and a case of mistaken identity interrupts his budding career, he retreats to law school (“I’m not sure what’s worse: having your index finger forcibly amputated by a mob goon or spending three years at Harvard Law School”). Years later in Cambridge, he meets Kate, lately arrived from Iowa, a perky twenty-year-old waitress with a secret past. An unlikely romance blossoms into an unlikely marriage—one quickly plagued by a parade of blunders and revelations. Haunted by her missteps and in the throes of leaving her husband, Kate suffers a catastrophic rendezvous with a runaway truck. While Jake finds solace in an improbable return to baseball, Kate transcends her sudden, tragic death, resolving to redeem herself posthumously, interceding in her widower’s life in a well-intentioned but often hilarious campaign to ensure his success on the ball field and in the bedroom.
Print ISBN: 978-0-9989810-4-8
Ebook ISBN: 978-0-9989810-5-5
286 pp. softcover (5.5 x 8.5) 2019
List Price $16.95 (print); $6.99 (ebook)
What critics say:
"Hittner's hit it out of the park with this droll, smart baseball romance. . . . Frothily darkly comic, Four-Finger Singer And His Late Wife, Kate is a perfect end-of-summer read."
Christine Wald-Hopkins, Arizona Daily Star
"Five stars - beautifully written, imaginative, a delight to read."
John Pearce, author of Treasure of Saint-Lazare, Last Stop: Paris and Finding Pegasus