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The Heart of the Order

3.09  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  2 reviews

A sharply observed debut novel that signals a significant voice in contemporary fiction, The Heart of the Order follows a ballplayer as he takes time to mend—physically and emotionally—from a spectacular injury.

Blake Alexander—“Xandy” to his teammates and fans—is the starting leftfielder for the Carolina Birds of the National League South, until a knee injury in Cincin

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Kindle Edition, 254 pages
Published June 16th 2015 by Little A
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Jim
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A nice, easy-going debut novel about a big-league outfielder ruminating about baseball and life as he recuperates in rehab in south Florida during the latter stretch of the season, his team vying for a playoff spot and his replacement playing well, writing his thoughts down journal style. I think the author, who I doubt was a professional player, must have done some nice research to give the book a feel of authenticity. It will be interesting to see if there is any blowback from athletes who hav ...more
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Aug 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked all of the baseball in this book but it read too much like a whiny diary to me.
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