Stealing Home

By Allison K. Pittman
(Multnomah Books, Paperback, 9781601421364, 340pp.)

Publication Date: April 14, 2009

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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 Negro 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?




About the Author
Allison K. Pittman teaches English at Judson High School in Converse, Texas. An avid writer's group member for seven years, she and her peers celebrated her book contract with Multnomah not as a starting point, but a blessing along the way. Allison is also the director of drama ministry at First Baptist Church of Universal City, where she has written and directed the Christmas service for the past five years. She and her husband, Mike, have celebrated fifteen wedding anniversaries and enjoy three sons, Jack and Ryan, twin ten-year-olds, and six-year-old Charlie (voted "most entertaining" on his soccer team).
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