A story that lingers
Aside from the fact that this novel is written in such an engaging and realistic way, the main character, Cooper, is heart-wrenchingly sympathetic and endearing. You find yourself rooting for him with every page, as aside from a debilitating photographic memory and traumatizing event, he's the everyday man in a palpable way. Every character on every page is painted with emotionally vibrant and all too human brushstrokes.
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The expected twist in the end is refreshingly unexpected as, again, Cooper faces the tragedy that has run parallel to to his life and haunted his every step, in a deeply emotional way.
By the way, you got ME to read a book that's deeply entrenched in baseball, so it must be well written.
Addendum: Upon reflection, enough cannot be said about Greg McLaughlin's descriptive characterization of Cooper's photographic memory affliction. Anyone who has suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or elevated levels of anxiety can easily relate to his battle to maintain a level of normalcy in his life.
Yes, the novel lingers on the mind like fine wine on a discerning pallet.