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  • ISBN: 9780593134290
  • ISBN: 059313429X
  • Physical Description: 275 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Random House, [2022]

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"Twentysomething Ellie thought she was her father's favorite child; she was sure he would leave her his most prized possession, a baseball with which they played catch, and which sat on his desk, as a kind of inspiration: her poet father's most famous poem was called "The Catch." But when her father's will is read, his children, including from other marriages, each receive a meaningful object, except Ellie, who receives a glow-in-the-dark tie rack that she has never seen before. The baseball that inspired her father's work is left to someone with initials no one recognizes, L.M. In her grief, Ellie wonders: Who could have meant more to her father than Ellie? Might it be that mysterious woman she saw slip into the back of the church during her father's funeral? Her job at a D.C. journalism startup and her relationship with a married lover become threatened as Ellie tries to deal with her rage and grief and come to terms with the mysterious man she thought she knew. Determined to try to understand her father's life and to overcome her sense of abandonment, Ellie sets out to track down L.M. In her quest she discovers many startling things about who her father really was and comes to realize the deeper meaning of that baseball, that poem "The Catch," and the many ways life catches us unawares"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 June #1
    Journalist Eleanor Adler's life is upended when her father dies suddenly of a heart attack. With four children by three different mothers, James Adler's attention had always been divided. But as the oldest, Ellie always had a special bond with him. Ellie expects to inherit James' most treasured possession, a baseball that inspired him as he wrote poetry, but is shocked when she finds it's been left to a person she doesn't know. As Ellie searches for the mysterious L.M. Taylor, she also grapples with her emotions over her torrid affair with an older, married man. Fairbrother's debut is characterized by its elegant yet comfortable prose—readers will feel at home with Ellie as if experiencing the story's events along with her. The mystery drives the plot, but Ellie's personal growth is the heart of the novel. Her journey is braided in with her new knowledge of her father, and her father's past impacts hers as she learns who she truly is. This layered coming-of-age story will appeal to fans of Jennifer E. Smith's The Unsinkable Greta James (2022). Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Alison Fairbrother is an associate editor at Riverhead Books. She worked as a journalist in Washington, D.C., before getting her MFA at Stony Brook University. She lives in Brooklyn.

Subject: Inheritance and succession > Fiction.
Fathers and daughters > Fiction.
Grief > Fiction.
Parent and child > Fiction.
Fathers > Death > Fiction.
Genre: Domestic fiction.

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