Man with Two Arms

By Billy Lombardo
Henry Granville, a baseball fanatic and high school teacher, spends hours in the basement with his young son Denny, introducing him to balls of all shapes and sizes. He even turns the basement into an indoor stadium. Enthralled by possibility, Henry begins guiding every instance of Denny's behavior, ensuring that every action performed on one side is matched by an equal action on the other-whether it's throwing a ball, swinging a bat, brushing his teeth, coloring, and even wiping his ass.
Denny quickly distinguishes himself from his peers, most conspicuously by his ability to throw perfectly with either arm, a feat virtually unheard of in baseball. But he also possesses a visionary gift that not even he understands. Denny becomes a superior athlete, skyrocketing through the minor leagues and into the majors where he experiences immediate success, breaking records held for decades.
When a journalist, a former student of Henry's hungry for a national breakout story, exaggerates the teacher's obsession and exposes him to the world as a monster, all hell breaks loose and the pressures of media and celebrity threaten to disrupt the world that Henry and Denny have created. A baseball novel-and much more--"The Man with Two Arms" is a story of the ways in which we protect, betray, forgive, love, and shape each other as we attempt to find our way through life.
    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Billy Lombardo is the author of The Logic of a Rose: Chicago Stories, a Chicago Tribune Best Fiction of 2005 selection. He teaches in the English department at The Latin School of Chicago. He founded and directs Polyphony HS, a student-run national literary magazine for high school writers and editors. His novel, Man With Two Arms is due from Overlook.




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Publisher Overlook Press
Publish date 08/17/2014
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ISBN-13 9781590203071
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