GREAT VALENTINE GIFT IDEA!
Magical realism and baseball are two things I steer clear of in novels, but Things Invisible to See by Nancy Willard makes me rethink my prejudices. For one thing, there is very little in the way of actual baseball, for a book that starts off with:
In Paradise, on the banks of the River of Time, the Lord of the Universe is playing ball with His archangels.
And while there is plenty of magical realism to go around, no one bit gets played to death, which is my biggest gripe.
The story involves twin brothers from Ann Arbor in WWII, one who makes a deal with Death to save the paralyzed girl he loves. But can his sandlot baseball team really beat a team of baseball’s dead legendary players?
You have to read this adorably imaginative, quirky, and irresistibly romantic novel to find out.
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I'm gave this one a go because it is on Erica Jong's list of Top 100 Novels by Women and was one of the books I randomly selected for my personal TBR challenge this year. I am so glad I did!