Robert Joe Stout
Running away from his failures in trying to compete with professional baseball stars, fifteen-year-old Alejandro Lòpez winds up destitute in a seaside city in western Mexico. Although the runaway Cuban attempts to conceal his abilities on the diamond several members of a ragtag semi-pro team—the San Arturo Zancudos—drag him back into playing the sport he loves. An instant success, both on the field and with the town’s teenaged flirts he sparks the formerly last-place has-beens into a contender for the league championship.
“Baseball the way it should be played!” enthuses the team’s quirky leftfielder as he and the oddball collection of ballplayers battle, lie, joke and celebrate both on and off the field. Their antics—and successes on the diamond—spark a contagious community following until Alejandro’s abilities attract the attention of Major League scouts and his illegal immigration status is revealed.
Alejandro is forced to choose between a professional contract to play in the United States and staying with the team. His decision and the responses of his teammates provide a dramatic climax to an entertaining and vivid look at baseball, at Mexico, and at how human relationships struggle and prosper.
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
I am not a genre writer and have published fiction in literary and popular publications, anthologies.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Just do it. Writing ability, like sports ability, comes from constant practice.
ROBERT JOE STOUT is a journalist who has worked as a magazine editor, newspaper reporter, copy editor and contributing editor. The author of Why Immigrants Come to America andThe Blood of the Serpent: Mexican Lives and the novels Running Out the Hurt and Miss Sally, he has published nonfiction widely in magazines, journals, and newspapers. His short fiction has appeared in literary and trade magazines, including The South Dakota Review, Interim and The New Orleans Review and his poetry includes the chapbook They Still Play Baseball the Old Way. He currently lives in Oaxaca, Mexico.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Fellow authors urged me to amplified an awarding winning poetry chapbook into a full-length novel
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