MELLY MOCKINGBIRD

A novel about baseball gone bad, dirty blues sung where they shouldn’t be, and the fine distinction between being famous and going nuts.

 
Bronwyn Ash has two problems. The first is her friend Jumper, a sixteen-year-old runaway with delusions of grandeur and a handgun. The second is her lover, Melly, a nightclub singer in the habit of bedding her fans. Jumper’s obsessed with Melly, Melly despises Jumper, and they’re all living together in a small house in Austin where their uneasy alliance is about to come to an explosive end.

Twenty years later, Jumper is a washed-up rock star and Melly has disappeared. Her son Clyde is doing fine without her—he’s a young ballplayer at the start of a promising career. Or it’s promising until he meets Tracy Walker, six feet four inches of bad pitching and worse attitude: arrogant, uncooperative and, unfortunately for Clyde, sexually irresistible. Meanwhile Bronwyn is getting strange messages from Jumper, and as summer deteriorates into the off-season both she and Clyde are forced to deal with the damage Melly has left behind.

Baseball fans say that a batter who slams a home run off the other team’s pitcher is “taking him deep.” Melly Mockingbird explores what happens when we are taken deep into the left field of our own inconvenient desires: what we find in that wilderness, whether we forgive the person who got us there, and how in the world we get back.

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