Praise for The Boy Who Would Not Play Ball

"It's about survivors and the shots that work and don't work - and its a novel that holds the rare ability to reach out, grab and shake its reader. The Boy Who Would Not Play Ball is a top recommendation not just for sports fans but for any who would absorb a coming of age saga against the backdrop of a world in flux and children who dream of being placed outside institutional walls."

                                                                                         -D.Donovan, Senior epub editor, Midwest Book Review

“I am moved by this narrative. There is a real sense of youth and growth and a need to escape and transcend that is very affecting and makes one believe in the human spirit.”

                                                                                         -William Reiss, John Hawkins & Associates, New York

“You write very well. I loved how the characters stood out. The writing is fresh and vigorous.”  

                                                                                                            -Tiffany Richards, Janklow & Nesbit Associates, New York

“I really admire your writing. I see a lot of talent. The story is full of wonderful lucious imagery.”

                                                                   -Lorin Rees, Helen Rees Agency, Boston

"A great read."

                                             -San Francisco Book Review 

Orphanage life in central New Jersey intersects with sport national and local.  Modernist style and a use of found photographs that recall W.G. Sebald accent this fiction by a writer whose other work includes translations of Albanian writer Ismail Kadare.

                                                 The Guide to Baseball Fiction

                                                                         -Tim Morris, University of Texas, Arlington

"This sounds like a fascinating work. I wish you all the best with it and hope to find time in the future to read your book.

                                                                                                                    -Lydia Murdoch, Professor of History

                   Vassar College 

Your book sits atop Frederick Exley's A Fan's Notes.  You talk sports and the orphanage, he talks sports and his mental institution."
                                                                                                                   -Victor DiBella
                                                                                                                   Montclair State University

"Congrats on a special novel."
                                                                                                                   -Tom Linda