Shoeless Joe

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Shoeless Joe

By W. P. Kinsella

Mariner Books, Paperback, 9780395957738, 265pp.

Publication Date: April 28, 1999


More than the inspiration for the beloved film "Field of Dreams," "Shoeless Joe" is a mythical novel about dreams, magic, life, and what is quintessentially American ("Philadelphia Inquirer").

If you build it, he will come. These mysterious words, spoken by an Iowa baseball announcer, inspire Ray Kinsella to carve a baseball diamond in his cornfield in honor of his hero, the baseball legend Shoeless Joe Jackson. What follows is both a rich, nostalgic look at one of our most cherished national pastimes and a remarkable story about fathers and sons, love and family, and the inimitable joy of finding your way home.

About the Author
W.P Kinsella is one of Canad's best selling and most prolific writers. His novels and short story collections includeDance Me Outside and Shoeless Joe (Field of Dreams), both of which were made into movies, as well as The Dixon Cornbelt League, Box Socials, The Iowa Baseball Confederacy, The Winter Helen Dropped By and If Wishes Were Horses. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship and the Order of Canada. He lives in a "new" old house in British Columbia's Fraser Valley.

Praise For Shoeless Joe

"W. P. Kinsella plays with both myth and fantasy in his lyrical novel, which was adapted into the enormously popular movie, 'Field of Dreams.' It begins with the magic of a godlike voice in a cornfield, and ends with the magic of a son playing catch with the ghost of his father. In Kinsella's hands, it's all about as simple, and complex, as the object of baseball itself: coming home. Like Ring Lardner and Bernard Malamud before him, Kinsella spins baseball as backdrop and metaphor, and, like his predecessors, uses the game to tell us a little something more about who we are and what we need."