Swing, Philip Beard’s third and most accomplished novel, is a switch-hitter: changing up between two converging narratives. The result is a multifaceted meditation on childhood heroes, the beauty of baseball and the power of love to heal a family in crisis.
John Kostka is three feet tall but larger than life, moving through the world on gloved hands and powerful arms as if on a set of parallel bars. Henry Graham is a ten-year-old boy whose father has just left home for good. When the two meet at a downtown bus stop, all they seem to have in common is their love of the 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates. But that is enough to begin a life-long friendship that, eventually, enables both men to confront old enemies and heal old wounds.
Philip Beard is the award-winning author of Dear Zoe, which was a Book Sense Pick, a Borders “Original Voices” selection, and was named by the American Library Association’s Booklist as one of its Ten Best First Novels of the Year. It is now in development as a feature film. He will be at the Carnegie Library of Homestead to speak and answer questions about his new book, Swing, on September 30 at 6pm.