"The understated tone of this Everyman's Citizen Kane perfectly suits Lehrer's gifts, as he eschews his usual satiric stance for a warmhearted evocation of the road not taken."
A young ex-Marine pursues two ideals, a major-league baseball career and a young woman he knows only as Betsy, in Lehrer's bittersweet 19th novel (Mack to the Rescue
, 2008, etc.).
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