I was very aware when I was writing the book that, although it centers on baseball, I intended it more as a novel about people reaching a certain age and realizing that the choices they made had shaped their lives in ways they had no way of knowing when they made those choices. I also was aware of writing a novel about dreams, and what happens when someone discovers that they can’t have the dreams they wanted—and then facing the question, “Now what do I do?”
Listen to an audio interview with Karl Marlantes, who spoke with novelist and Bloom contributing writer Joe Schuster by phone.
by Joe Schuster
Marlantes later described that first draft as not so much fiction as a manic, psychological dump and, more bluntly, as “pure C-R-A-P.”
By Sonya Chung
Bloomers At Large is a monthly roundup of links that we think will be of interest to Bloom readers. This month: a look back at notable responses to the “20 Under 40” phenomenon, along with explorations of when and how we bloom.