MAC'S BOOK CLUB/THROW LIKE A WOMAN
Mac's Book Club will discuss Throw Like a Woman by Susan Petrone on Thursday, June 16th at 7:30 p.m.
Forty years old, divorced, with two sons on the verge of adolescence and an ex-husband who considers visitation to be optional, Brenda Haversham isn't having a whole lot of fun. Brenda is short on money, short on connection with her kids, and short on any kind of social life. The only thing Brenda has in abundance is her anger. And that turns out to be her greatest asset.
When she was a kid, Brenda's father taught her how to throw a good fastball. That wasn't of much use to a girl, but it is enough to astound onlookers at a "test your speed" pitching cage before a Cleveland Indians game. The more Brenda pictures her ex-husband's face on the other end, the harder she throws. And when someone tapes her performance and puts it up online, Brenda becomes an Internet sensation and then more than that.
The Indians come calling and Brenda finds her life taking a turn in a new direction. Soon, she's standing on the mound as the first woman player in Major League history and dealing with everything that comes with it.
A funny, poignant, and endearing novel from a writer of rare warmth and humanity, Throw Like a Woman is a 95-mile-an-hour heater of a novel.
Susan Petrone's short fiction has been published by Glimmer Train, Featherproof Books, The Cleveland Review, Muse, Conclave, and Whiskey Island. She also writes the Cleveland Indians at It's Pronounced Lajaway.com for ESPN.com's SweetSpot network. In addition, she is a regular contributor to Cool Cleveland.com.