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Home Game (1983) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

In the tradition of Tom Robbins - The wonderful, wacky story of a marooned circus sideshow, a former baseball hero and a bizarre religious sect.

The fundamentalists want the freaks to leave town and a baseball game is organized to decide who gets to stay. During these all-important nine innings we learn that, despite all appearances, these eccentric characters cannot deny the humanity that makes them all members of a single team.

Home Game was a finalist for the Stephen Leacock Award and was praised as one of 1983's ten best books by both the Toronto Star and Peter Gzowski of CBC's Morningside. The book was voted one of fiction's all-time best books about baseball in the Usenet newsgroup FAQ. It is also listed as one of the Top 50 in Recommended Baseball Fiction a list compiled by Peter "Doctor Baseball" C. Bjarkman, Chairman of SABR's Latin American Committee and author of a comprehensive study of baseball literature, The Immortal Diamond. The Tempe Public Library readers included Home Game in their Fielder's Choice: Fiction about Baseball List.

(From the publisher)

Nathanael "Crybaby" Isbister was once the greatest baseball player in the world, but now he's a down-on-his-luck drifter on the road to oblivion. That is until he wanders into a circus sideshow troupe stranded in a tiny Michigan town dominated by a hellfire-and brimstone religious sect. The sect vows to drive the troupe out, but give them one unlikely chance to remain--the baseball game to end all baseball games.

A funny, moving novel, Home Game walks the straight but delicate line between absurdity and compassion with dazzling style and expertise.

Original title: Home Game
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionHumor
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Edition #1: Home Game

Home Game (1983)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "The book enchants, as if the Brothers Grimm and the Brothers Marx had conspired to perform pratfalls while Freud was looking on, shaking his head." The Toronto Star
  • "Quarrington is an excellent writer with a great sense of humour. With considerable deftness he creates that willing suspension of disbelief that enables us to absorb ourselves in the antics of a rather unbelievable baseball game." Books in Canada
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Home Game (May 7, 1996)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Toronto
Publisher: Vintage Canada
ISBN: 9780679307853
Pages: 451

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Home Game (July 1983)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: Toronto
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
ISBN: 9780385184229
Pages: 412

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