Made to Break Your Heart
"Reminiscent of another fine Pennsylvania novel, John Updike’s The Centaur.”—J. Michael Lennon, author of Norman Mailer: A Double Life
Made to Break Your Heart is a family saga, set in a gossipy suburb, that explores the complexities of raising a child, holding a marriage together, and maintaining your sanity in the cutthroat world of Little League baseball.
It’s 2008, and...more
Nick's wife seems to have a huge chip on her shoulder. And, as they do live in a very small town where ev ...more
I was initially drawn to Made to Break Your Heart because I was ...more
Nick Marhoffer and his wife, Marcy, live in Misty Hill, an upper middle-class suburb of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Nick is a journalist for the local newspaper and Marcy works for a big public relations firm. They have one all around average kid, their 7-year-old son, Wesley.
Nick signs Wesley up for Little League and agrees to coach a team. Nick figures he can handle ...more
Made to Break Your Heart follows Nick Marhoffer, a reporter who struggles balancing his job during the global financial crisis of 2008, his family and coaching a little league team. Due to the pressures of his life and feeling a lack of support from his wife, he starts to find his eyes wandering to the mother of one of his little league players, Tess Sugarmeier.
The novel is easy to read and almost reads like a succession of diary entries. However, I found that I was never e ...more
As a baseball mom myself I appreciated the baseball backdrop for the ...more
Nick Marhoffer is a coach for his son's little league team. Nick thought the other dads took the game a little too seriously, and he made it his mission to make the game fun and enjoyable.
His marriage has been a little tense since losing his job, and he is quickly losing sight of everything good in his life. He starts to have a crush on one of the moms on his team and his life spirals out of control once rumors re ...more
The global financial crisis (GFC) is something I remember clearly happening in 2008 when this book is set. Following a series of banks in the US collapsing a number of domino like effects happened. As a result, Nick lost his job at the newspaper.
Nick's experience during this time doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of how bad some families were affected. Over the two year span immediately before and after the GFC we follow Nick and his struggles to keep his family together.