Barnstorming: A Negro Baseball Story
West Barnstable Press, Sep 4, 2019
Barnstorming is a novel, inspired by the author's hometown of Eatonville, Florida, one of the first legally incorporated self-governing black municipalities in the U.S. The characters are based on family and tales told throughout his life. The story tells of a young black woman who inherits a Negro League baseball team and meets a wealthy white sports writer. They defy the rules of Jim Crow to cover her team's games in his father's Houston newspaper. Barnstorming is an homage to the great pastime of the Negro Baseball League. The book is about race - blacks and whites in the South during a time of cultural change. It is also about love, honor, perseverance, and understanding during an often violent era in U.S. history. This was a time of lynching, of unspeakable hatred. And yet, there were many who stood up to the "wrongs" and worked hard to make them "right". Barnstorming is about the good and the bad, the complexities of bias, and the triumph of so many Americans. Jonathan Carroll began writing Barnstorming on the encouragement of his mother, Jacqueline Leola Carroll, who always believed in not only stepping outside the box, but in not seeing a box at all. Writer Tom Martorelli joined him in developing the story and characters, placing them in the historical context of the American South in the 1940s and '50s.
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What a wonderful book! It was suggested I read this book by a friend and I am so glad they did. The character come to life in this book and I just could not help but to turn to the next page to see what was going to happen next. The fact that a white man played in the negro leagues during segregation, blew my mind but the way the authors family history was weaved into the book was seamless and you could feel his passion. This book was written with incredible attention to the details and I felt like some of these people could have been from my own family. Kudos to Jonathan Carroll the author of this book. You have a hit on your hands my friend. I hope you think about putting this on the big screen, this book is begging to be film.
This book is a must read. The author has definitely put his heart and soul into this book. It is an amazing first work. Would love to see this made into a movie!!