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Author: Tim Wendel Narrator: L. J. Ganser Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 1999 ISBN: 9781436146821
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Whether you believe in fate, the stars, a Supreme Being, or Mr. Coincidence, you can always count on one thing, life will throw you a wicked curveball or two. Billy Bryan has seen his share. A former minor-league catcher for the Washington Senators, Bryan is now a retired high school teacher, widowed with a grown daughter, and “coming to the end of many things.” Then a long-forgotten scrapbook stirs memories of a distant past, and beckons him on a reluctant journey to relive his own extraordinary role in history.

In 1947, Bryan is playing winter ball in Cuba, immersing himself in the decadent nightlife of Havana, and dreaming of someday “making it” to the majors. But his future on the diamond is as uncertain as Cuba itself, a country where rumblings of revolution hang in the air like a high fly ball to left. Then one fateful night Bryan witnesses a young student radical named Fidel hurl pitch after amazing pitch. So begins Billy’s tug-of-war with destiny, to score a victory for the game he worships, win the heart of the woman he loves, or make his mark in a world racing toward revolution.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Tim Wendel’s love and impressive knowledge of baseball suffuses every page of this passionate novel of love, loss, and the real freedom that wisdom and time sometimes bring.”

    Ken Burns

  • “Engrossing…Wendel’s characters are complex and passionate. The unfolding of their lives is fascinating.”

    Washington Post

  • “Wendel makes the most of his premise while soaking plenty of atmosphere out of his prerevolutionary Havana setting. He gets the baseball right, too, capturing the Bull Durham–like camaraderie of has-beens and wannabes struggling to keep their dreams alive—and stay out of the way of those whose dreams are bigger and much more dangerous.”

    Booklist 
  • “Wendel’s lustrous prose and imaginative storytelling paint a vivid portrait of a life not just lived, but inhaled against a backdrop of a nation mad for baseball and not far from political and social upheaval.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Irresistible…Castro’s Curveball has all the excitement of a tie-breaking home run.”

    Baltimore Sun

  • “Superbly crafted.”

    Kirkus Reviews  (starred review)

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About the Author

Tim Wendel is an award-winning writer whose articles and columns have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and USA Today. He teaches writing at Johns Hopkins University and is the author of The New Face of Baseball: The One-Hundred-Year Rise and Triumph of Latinos in America’s Favorite Sport.

About the Narrator

L. J. Ganser is the winner of the prestigious Audie Award for Best Nonfiction Narration for his work in The Island at the Center of the World. He has recorded over 450 titles, ranging from preschool books to crime noir thrillers, from astronomical adventures in both science and science fiction, to Arctic Circle high-school basketball stories.