Country Hardball by Steve Weddle

By Steve Weddle

"After greater than a decade spent out and in of stripling detention, midway homes, and penal complex, Roy Alison returns to his rural place of origin made up our minds to do greater, to be larger. yet what he unearths is a working-class neighborhood devastated by means of the commercial downturn--a city with out whatever to carry onto however the prior. Staying together with his grandmother, Roy discovers a family members heritage of excellent intentions and undesirable offerings, of constructing do with out a lot probability of doing higher. round him, households lose their sons to battle, searching injuries, medications. And Roy, besides town, falls into outdated styles proven generations in the past. A novel-in-stories within the culture of Bonnie Jo Campbell, Donald Ray Pollock, Denis Johnson, and Alan Heathcock, nation Hardball is a powerfully saw and devastatingly understated portrait of the yank operating type. "Steve Weddle's nation Hardball is an ideal blend of the brokenhearted and the simply flat broke... Here's hoping Weddle by no means stops writing..." --Benjamin Whitmer, writer of Pike."--

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Annabelle appreciated the loyalty. ” The door opened and Heidi walked in. She saw them and waved. Heidi hurried over. “Shane said yes. He’s going to teach you to do the horse dance. Well, ride a horse. ” “Probably better to sneak up on him with that one,” Charlie said. ” Heidi grinned. “He’s a successful horse guy. He’s not going to be into the dancing thing. ” This was what she loved, Annabelle thought happily. Her friends and, for the most part, her life. She had a great job in a town she adored.

As she spoke, she shifted, holding out one gorgeous leg to show him the four-inch heel on her sandal. He supposed she’d done it to make a point about her height. All he could think was that she was small enough and light enough that supporting her weight would be easy. The image of them up against a wall, her legs around his waist as they… He closed his fists against the visual, reminded himself that his mother knew he was meeting with Annabelle and thought about horse racing stats. When that didn’t help, he worked a couple of fractions in his head.

He managed a smile. “I work with what I’ve got. ” “Hardly. Although I would have loved to be a ballerina. Anyway, I need to ride because I’m raising money for a bookmobile. We just finished up the new media center the first part of this year. ” He nodded. “I wish.

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