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Multnomah Books Stealing Home: A Novel - eBook

It's 1905 and the Chicago Cubs are banking on superstar Donald "Duke" Dennison's golden arm to help them win the pennant. Only one thing stands between Duke and an unprecedented ten thousand dollar contract: alcohol.

That's when sportswriter David Voyant whisks Duke to the one-horse town of Picksville, Missouri, so he can sober up in anonymity. He bides his time flirting with Ellie Jane Voyant, his unofficial chaperone, who would rather hide herself in the railway station ticket booth than face the echoes of childhood taunts. Ned Clovis, the feed store clerk, has secretly loved Ellie Jane since childhood, but he loves baseball and the Duke almost as much-until he notices Ellie Jane may be succumbing to the star's charm. Then there's Morris, a twelve-year-old boy, whose only dream is to break away from Picksville. When Duke discovers his innate talent for throwing a baseball, Morris might just have found his way out. Four individuals, each living in haunted isolation, each harboring a secret passion. Providence brings them together. Tragedy threatens to tear them apart. Will love be enough to bring them home?

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Review 1 for Stealing Home: A Novel - eBook
This review is fromStealing Home.
Overall Rating: 
5 out of 5
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Date:June 5, 2011
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Radiolady
Location:Toronto, Ontario
Age:45-54
Gender:female
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An engaging story about a time in the history of sports that most of us would know nothing about. Throw in some quirky characters, a small town mindset, racial tension, finding love and God...and you have the makings of a great novel! A bit of a surprise ending but it kept the pages turning!
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Review 2 for Stealing Home: A Novel - eBook
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5 out of 5
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Date:July 21, 2009
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Christine L. Alley-Howard
Beautifully written, with engaging character, set against a wonderful time period in American history; wrappred in a web of interlocking themes. This was a genuine treat to read and so incredibly refreshing from the junk many Christian authors are penning these days. Thank you, Allison Pittman. My 29 year son, an avid baseball fan read the book as well. He found the racial tension and pressure of major league sports even 105 years ago fascinating.I'd reccommend this book to anyone.
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Review 3 for Stealing Home: A Novel - eBook
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Date:July 17, 2009
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Betty P
Another good book from Allison. Makes one sorry that Negro ballplayers, no matter how good they were, could not get into M.L.B.
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Review 4 for Stealing Home: A Novel - eBook
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Date:June 19, 2009
When the great Duke Dennison arrived in thesmall town of Picksville, God through othersopened his eyes to life that is rich and fullminus the liquor and fame. A very good read.
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Review 5 for Stealing Home: A Novel - eBook
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Date:June 5, 2009
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Christy Lockstein
Stealing Home by Allison Pittman is a stunner of a historical novel. Ellie Jane Voyant has lived her life in 1905 Picksville, Mississippi as an eccentric outcast. Ned Clovis has loved her since he was 12 years old, but his life of silence since he lost his hearing has made him an outcast as well. Morris, a 12 year old Negro boy has a life very different in Picksville from Ned and Ellie, but he's trying to make something of himself, with a future and an education. Their lives are all irrevocably changed by the appearance of Duke Dennison, a high-priced baseball player drying out from alcohol abuse in their small town. Pittman captures perfectly the atmosphere of an insular small town with its petty abuses and crimes, along with the joy of a game of baseball. Baseball becomes the unifier of these four disparate characters giving Ellie a place of her own, Ned a voice, and Morris a presence. Duke's struggle to be more of a man is its own beautiful story. I don't want to give anything about this beautifully written story away, so please get a copy and read it!
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Review 6 for Stealing Home: A Novel - eBook
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Date:May 14, 2009
Baseball is Americas pastime and one of the most recognizable trademarks of the country. In Stealing Home, Allison Pittman takes Americas game and shows readers the history of the sport, back when men played the game because they enjoyed it. This was a time before multi-million dollar contracts and the shadow of drug use. This was a time when Take Me Out to Ball Game was how people lived.The book is set up like a baseball game. There are nine sections in the book, like nine innings in the game. The headings of each section correspond to different actions that take place during a game. Its a very creative yet subtle way to bring the book to life. The characters in this story reach out to you and the reader immediately becomes attached to them. There is Duke, the baseball player who comes to a small town with a hidden secret. Ellie Jane is the town spinster who harbors a sad past. Ned is an injured man who has a secret love. Morris is a young African American boy who dreams about leaving town for bigger things. These four characters initially all keep to themselves until Duke comes to Picksville and initiates a chain of events that puts the ball into play. All these characters find their lives intertwined and are connected through events in this book. Pittman weaves the game throughout the story with new stories, telegrams and letters to begin each section. You can almost hear the crack of the bat and the cheers of the crowd as you read. She really brings to life the small town of Picksville and its inhabitants. I did not find anything offensive or immoral in the story. There is talk about alcohol addiction as well as racial violence but both subjects are handled tastefully. The story is engaging and was a delight to read. Every umpire would say that Pittman has definitely hit a home run with this book.
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Review 7 for Stealing Home: A Novel - eBook
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Date:May 7, 2009
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Delia Latham
Its 1905 in a sleepy, one-horse town in Missouri, where all has remained the same for a good, long while. But everything changes with the arrival of Donald Duke Dennison, the Chicago Cubs star player, whos hiding out in Picksville while he sobers upEllie Jane Voyant has tucked herself away behind the train stations ticket window and buried the crushing pain of childhood taunts and adult snobbery. Ned Clovis, the deaf feed store clerk, has loved her for years, but never said so. Morris Bennett, a twelve-year-old Negro boy with a burning desire to shake the dust of Picksville off his shoes, winds in and out of the lives of Picksville residents.The actions of the little towns celebrity guest start a ripple effect that will impact every resident. Dukes a known womanizer, boarding in Ellie Janes home. Ned, who greatly admires the newcomer and harbors a lifelong passion for baseball, must either step up to the plate or concede the play for the girl. Duke discovers Morris natural-born skill with a baseball and determines to give the boy a chance at success, despite daunting barriers of racial discrimination and family dysfunction. Four isolated hearts, four hidden passions. Just when it seems there might be happy ending for them all, tragedy strikes hard and fast. Can love and faith bring them through?Allison Pittman hit one out of the park with Stealing Home. Stunning imagery; living, breathing characters; and incredible internalization. A powerful, touching tale. Though it plays a large part in the storyline, this book is not about baseball. Its about sin and redemption, love and faith, secrets and lies, weakness and strength. Its finding the sweet spot - while a whole team of opponents is out to bring you down.Stealing Home throws some unexpected curve balls, and keeps the bases loaded at all times. Great job, Ms. Pittman!
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Review 8 for Stealing Home: A Novel - eBook
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5 out of 5
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Date:February 2, 2009
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Tina Ann Forkner, Author
I loved this novel. Allison Pittman is such a wonderful writer. This story will keep you up all night trying to finish it. Its characters dare to defy traditions of race, relationships, and what it means to be a woman, a man, a friend. Using baseball in the 1900s as a metaphor, this is a skillfully woven story about believing in the game of life, love, and ultimately in the victory of change. Tina Ann Forkner, author of Ruby Among Us and Rose House
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