Set in the small towns, ball fields, barns, and bedrooms of Alberta, Canada, and populated by some of the quirkiest, rowdiest, hottest-blooded folks in fiction, Box Socials paints a brilliantly comic, full-color portrait of North American life in the 1940s.
Here is the story of how "Truckbox Al" McClintock, a small-town greaser whose claim to fame was hitting a baseball clean across the Pembina River, almost got a tryout with the genuine St. Louis Cardinals—but instead ended up batting against Bob Feller of Cleveland Indian fame in Renfrew Park, Edmonton, Alberta.
Along the way to Al's moment of truth at the plate, we learn about the bizarre, touchingly hilarious lives and loves of just about anyone who ever passed through New Oslo, Fark, or Venusberg.
Full of the crackle of down-home folk tales, by turns randy, riveting, and heartbreaking, Box Socialsis the triumph of Kinsella's career.
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"Most people are more familiar with Kinsella's book Shoeless Joe, which the movie "Field of Dreams" was based on, but I prefer Box Socials. In fact, it is probably one of my favorite books of all time."
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