Mark Di Ionno, Gods of Wood and Stone @ St. James Episcopal

 

Mark Di Ionno
Gods of Wood and Stone

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
@ St. James Episcopal, 581 Valley Road




From Pulitzer Prize finalist Mark Di Ionno comes the next Great American Novel about the Great American Pastime—The Natural with echoes of Ford, Updike, DeLillo and Roth—two men from disparate worlds and their search for what constitutes a meaningful life in a searing portrait of honor and masculinity, sport and celebrity, marriage and parenthood.

Joe Grudeck is a living legend—a first-ballot Hall of Famer beloved by Boston Red Sox fans who once played for millions under the bright Fenway lights. Now, he finds himself haunted by his own history, searching for connection in a world that’s alienated the true person behind his celebrity facade. He’ll step back into the spotlight once more with a very risky Cooperstown acceptance speech that has the power to change everything—except the darkness in his past.

Horace Mueller is a different type altogether—working in darkness at a museum blacksmith shop and living in a rundown farmhouse on the outskirts of Cooperstown, New York. He clings to an anachronistic lifestyle, fueled by nostalgia for simpler times and a rebellion against the sport-celebrity lifestyle of Cooperstown, struggling to bring his baseball prodigy son to his side.

Gods of Wood and Stone is the story of these two men—framed by the lens of baseball, a timeless, but strikingly singular tale of the responsibilities of manhood and the pitfalls of glory in a painful and exhilarating novel that’s distinctly American.

Mark Di Ionno is a lifelong journalist and Pulitzer Prize finalist. He is a front-page columnist for The Star-Ledger, and its online partner nj.com. He began his career as a sportswriter for the New York Post. He is an adjunct professor of journalism at Rutgers University and the father of six children. He lives in New Jersey.
Event date: 
Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
St James Episopal Church
581 Valley Road
U Montclair, NJ 07043
Gods of Wood and Stone: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501178900
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Touchstone - July 17th, 2018