Steal Away Home
"This is a powerful story of grief, love, forgiveness, and holy mystery, and I loved it. Billy Coffey is a master storyteller." --Lauren Denton, USA Today bestselling author of The HideawayOwen Cross grew up with two loves: one a game, the other a girl. One of his loves ruined him. Now he's counting on the other to save him.
Owen Cross's father is a hard man, proud in his brokenness, who wants nothing more than for Owen to succeed where he failed. With his innate talents and his father's firm hand guiding him, Owen goes to college with dreams of the major leagues--and an emptiness full of a girl named Micky Dullahan.
Owen loved Micky from the first time they met on the hill between their two worlds: his middle-class home and her troubled Shantytown. Years later he leaves her for the dugouts and the autographs, but their days together follow him. When he finally returns home, he discovers that even peace comes at a cost. And that the hardest things to say are to the ones we love the most.
From bestselling author Billy Coffey comes a haunting story of small-town love, blinding ambition, and the risk of giving it all for one last chance.
"In one evening, a single baseball game, Coffey invites us into a lifetime. With lyrical prose and aching description we join Owen Cross on a journey of love, loss, faith, the unexpected--and America's favorite pastime." --Katherine Reay, author of Dear Mr. Knightley and The Austen Escape
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'Steal Away Home's blend of magical realism, baseball, and Southern flavor will pull readers in and keep them engaged through the very last inning.'--CBA Market
'This rich and masterful tale is touched by the miraculous and is cleverly delivered as the first-person recollections of a seasoned catcher. Fans of America's favorite pastime will enjoy this book from page one. As the main character's memories crowd in between the third and fourth inning, there is a universal and undeniable draw to the complexities of growing up and chasing a dream or love. Coffey has composed an incredible literary journey of life, faith, love and baseball.'--RT Book Reviews, 4 stars