I was very aware when I was writing the book that, although it centers on baseball, I intended it more as a novel about people reaching a certain age and realizing that the choices they made had shaped their lives in ways they had no way of knowing when they made those choices. I also was aware of writing a novel about dreams, and what happens when someone discovers that they can’t have the dreams they wanted—and then facing the question, “Now what do I do?”
by Tricia Khleif
Schuster makes a point of exploring a quieter, more devastating and more universal experience. “Failure,” the author said in an interview with Levitt, “is more interesting, dramatically, than success . . .”
by Joseph M. Schuster
I was struck often by how the race for the South Pole is an appropriate metaphor for writing a novel.