Gold Medal Winner - Readers' Favorite - Sports Fiction
"Darkly nostalgic story of an American family through good times and bad. A well-crafted novel that will appeal to sports and history aficionados." - KIRKUS REVIEW
"Len Joy has an eye for the humble, utterly convincing details of family life. This is 20th-century America seen neither through the gauze of nostalgia nor with easy cynicism, but rather with clear-eyed tenderness." -- Pamela Erens - author of The Virgins
"An all-American story that goes beyond the scope of the domestic and into the realm of history. A very engaging read." Chinelo Okparanta - author of Happiness, Like Water
"America Past Time is not only a baseball lovers' novel, but one that history buffs will enjoy as well. Men of all ages will love this book." Eileen Cronin - author of Mermaid: A Memory of Resilience.
"Here is a 'baseball novel' that transcends sport and offers an in-depth portrait of a family and an era. For me the most poignant moment happens near the end when a scene related to the end of the Viet Nam war echoes against our present moment. Len Joy does write about a Past Time in America's history, but everthing he details feels prescient now." Kristiana Kahakauwila - author of This is Paradise
"...a timeless classic." Jersey Girl Book Reviews
"In this impressive debut, Joy deftly emotionally explores the many ways in which our relationships, hopes and dreams can alter the course of our lives." Mary Akers - author of Bones of an Inland Sea.
"Don't miss this book. Easy to buy, easy to read. You'll finish it fast because to you won't want to leave these characters." Debbie Ann Ice - author of Find Sam
FINALIST - BEVERLY HILLS BOOK AWARDS
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Dancer Stonemason is three days from his major league debut. With his wife and son cheering him on, he pitches the greatest game of his life. And then loses everything.
Told against the backdrop of America's postwar challenges from Little Rock to the Bay of Pigs to Viet Nam, AMERICAN PAST TIME is the story of what happens to a man and his family after the cheering stops.