Debut author, Wanda Fischer, introduces us to her novel about baseball in the 70s:
They were all stars in their hometowns. Then they were drafted to play minor league ball, thinking it would be an easy ride to playing in the big time. Little did they know that they'd be vying for a spot with every other talented kid who aspired to play professional baseball. Young, inexperienced, immature, and without the support of their families and friends, they're often faced with split-second decisions. Not always on the baseball diamond.
I played Little League when I was in middle school. My position was right field, where I could do the least amount of damage. Truthfully, I had no real skills in baseball, but I loved the game, nonetheless. I collected baseball cards, now I wish I had not used them to make noise when I rode my bike. I did love that sound at the time.
I enjoyed this book more than I expected. Just to have an inside look at what happens between being the top player in school (only in my dreams) and going into the minor leagues was a thrill for me.
This book is so well written, it moves along at a nice pace with lots of dialogue and detail to keep it interesting and every page worth reading. Wanda captures the thought processes of young men quite well, whether they have dreams they aspire to or a desire for another beer.
The 1970s were a tumultuous time in America also and the small-town point of view is not ignored in this book.
The characters really come alive in this story, with excellent scene setting the action keeps the story moving along so well.
I award “Empty Seats” a score of 4.9 stars!
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